But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.– Galatians 5:22-23
Perhaps you have been a follower of Christ for a number of years or maybe you are a new believer that is on fire for the Lord. Both are wonderful places to be- one with knowledge from experience and the other with a contagious zeal!
There is danger in both places, however, and so many are unaware of the pitfalls found there. You read and meditate on the various fruits of the spirit- you understand their various meanings and practical applications. You decide that since you have been cleansed from the ‘major sins’ of the flesh- perhaps excessive drinking, fornication, homosexuality, smoking, cursing, and the like- that you now have automatically received these fruits of the spirit. Why wouldn’t you?
It is simple, but not that simple! This manifold fruit from God is not some prize you you can just mentally and logically claim for yourself. No, to garner and keep hold on this precious fruit you must longingly pursue it through prayer and a dying to self that consists of affliction and purposeful bringing to light the ugly hidden truths of your heart. In communion with your Holy Father you ask to be made new- but you do not stop there! You simply must keep going! You must prayerfully resolve to have it!
Have you been to the lonely, agonizing, suffering garden of Gethsemane? Was it so long ago that you have forgotten what happened to you there and now your fruit lays half rotten on the floor of your hardened heart?
Or Are you so new to the faith that you have mistakenly believed that your first trip there to begin your sanctification is the only trip that is required?
Do Not be deceived! You simply MUST Get to Gethsemane right away Christian! It is urgent that you go back there today if you are truly going to keep and bare the fruit of the Spirit of God!
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23