Topic: Fruit of the Spirit (1)
Text: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Galatians 5:22, ESV)
Better relationships flow on the wings of the fruit of the Spirit.
That Paul said that the fruit of the Spirit IS love etc, listing nine items, does not mean the only expression of the Holy Spirit is love and the rest are mere adjuncts (Galatians 5:22-23).
It is just that the fruit on “the tree” of walking in the Spirit has nine different parts, just like in a single food item you find different food classes.
But for the purpose teaching we break it down into nine different items, just as you do in to food items in a science lab.
It is hopeless to try to emphasise better relationships without a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
He is the expression of the holiness of God. We should not look into ourselves to draw resources to help our relationships, we should look to God (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will be in us as helper (John 14:15-17). Because, you should not continue struggling to make your relationships work.
Jesus said that it is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh profits nothing (John 6:63). Stop being fleshy about relationships. Stop the struggle, yield to the Holy Spirit.
The problem is not what you are feeling, it is how you feel about what you are feeling. (read that again).
Let the Holy Spirit be “the feeling” in you. That is not a far-fetched concept. Jesus has said that the Holy Spirit will be in us and He is not a static, inanimate dweller.
He is invisible and comes into us to exert his influence, like the wind exert influence on leaves (John 4:6-8).
This is a call for dependence on the Holy Spirit for our inner attitudes.
The Bible says that heart of man is desperately wicked who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9).
So you need the Holy Spirit to be the influence in you heart. You cannot survive on your own.
Therefore, we have the fruit of the Spirit because the Spirit is one, a person and not fragmented.
He brings wholeness to our inner being, calming our thoughts, making us one within ourselves and also able to genuinely connect with others.
Action: In what ways do you struggle in relationships? What do you want the Holy Spirit to do in you?
Declaration: I am walking in the Spirit