Fruit Of The Spirit - Christian Daily Devotions

June 16 2006

Fruit Of The Spirit - Verse of the Day : But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
-Galatians 5:22-23

Daily Bible Reading Plan

Morning : Galatians 5

Evening : 2 Chronicles 1-3

Fruit Of The Spirit

In the same chapter, Paul talks about the 17 works of the flesh, if practised, will prevent us from inheriting the kingdom of God (Gal. 5:19-21). Following that, Paul then lists the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.

There has to be a balance between the gifts and the fruit of the Spirit. Jesus warns, "Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me that day, " Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?" And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness" (Matt. 5:21-23).

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are not substitutes for the fruit of the Spirit, nor are they an excuse to disobey the laws of God. Jesus also says that every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire (Matt. 7:16,19).

The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit are developed by opposing and contrasting forces. Jesus says, "Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit" (John 15:2). Through severe trials and tribulations, bitter life experiences, God will prune and purge us to bring forth fruit, more fruit, and much fruit. How are the fruit of the Holy Spirit developed?

June 16 - Fruit Of The Spirit - Christian Daily Devotions

Love is developed by loving those who hate you, that persecute you and spitefully use you.
Joy is cultivated by passing through the valley of Baca (valley of sorrow) and turning it into a spring.
Peace comes when you cast your eyes on Jesus in the midst of chaos and confusion.
Longsuffering comes to maturity through overcoming long and painful trials.
Kindness manifests in the midst of the uncouth, ungrateful, unthankful and the rude people.
Goodness shines forth amongst the wicked people with their deceitful and cruel acts.
Faithfulness is developed when confronted by the betrayal and failure of those whom you trust the most.
Gentleness comes to maturity when someone confronts you with anger and you respond with gentleness.
Self-control is formed when you say no to temptations that causes you to sin.

June 16 - Fruit Of The Spirit - Christian Daily Devotions

Today's Daily Devotions.

Previous Day's Daily Devotions

Next Day's Daily Devotions.

June's Christian Daily Devotions.

View All Daily Devotions.

Return From Fruit Of The Spirit, to Holy Spirit Led Christian.