Devotionals

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Eph 5:22-23). When looking at a tree, the first thing you would notice is its fruit. Similarly, the life of a Christian should reflect godly behavior and character that is evident of an indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

I have met many Christians who find it difficult to experience some of the fruit of the Spirit in their life. I would usually ask them, “do you believe you have the Holy Spirit?” Of course their answer is yes, but, then why are they not experiencing the fruits? Remember that self-effort will not produce the fruits of the Spirit. It’s vitally important to note that they belong to the person of the Holy Spirit. The fruits can only come from Him.

How then can we receive these fruits? Understand that the fruit belongs to Him. Acknowledge and revere His presence in your life by fellow-shipping with Him daily. As you do this, the Holy Spirit will impart on you His nature. His nature is His personality, presence, power, fruits and a whole lot more. Think about having joy, peace, and love in your Christian life every day! Your life will be enriched and those around you will be affected by this. The fruit of the Holy Spirit becomes evident in our lives when we abide in Him. Jesus said in “abide in me and I in you” John 15:4.

You can’t have fruit without the tree and so you can’t experience the fruit of the Spirit without being connected to the Spirit. It’s not enough to have the Holy Spirit; we have to connect to Him, through prayers, and reading His Word, worship, etc. Let the Holy Spirit lead your prayer life, and let the Spirit teach you the Scriptures as you read them. Give Him the opportunity and the time to teach you. Hence it will be easier for fruit to manifest in your life. Get to know the Holy Spirit on a deeper level and your life will not be the same.