Words from the Heart for Sunday July 12th, 2020
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
Fruit of the Holy Spirit
There is one fruit that unites all Canadians. It is found in every part of Canada from Newfoundland to British Columbia to the Yukon. Canadians across the country pick it and make jam, pies, wine and pancake topping. It is … the wild blueberry. It is indelibly identified with the boreal forest, that vast belt of green that is our country’s heart and lungs, pumping out clean air, absorbing carbon dioxide and providing an immense haven for wildlife.
It’s a treat to live in a fruit belt. Saturday mornings are popular at this time of the year at the u-pick orchards. But the orchard workers have been working for months getting ready for the trees to produce the fruit. It can take years for the trees and bushes to produce sweet, juicy fresh fruit. It is likewise in the spiritual sense. The Middle East in Jesus’ day, as in ours, was a fruit growers’ paradise. So, the Galatian believers would have understood what Paul meant when he spoke of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” God works in our lives in a variety of ways in order for us to produce the fruit of the Spirit. It takes pruning of the dead branches in our lives, the unproductive things that only take the energy that should be flowing into our spiritual life. It takes work on our part and by the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit that God wants our lives to produce for the nourishment of others in the Body of Christ and for His glory.
These have been words from the heart.