Deily Devotions: Fruits as a Gift

Look at Galatians 5:22:  “…But the fruits of the Spirit are LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, and SELF-CONTROL.”

One of our themes in confirmation class (many years ago!) was ‘Free to be…’  In the beginning of chapter 5 in Galatians we are told that we have freedom in Christ. By verse 13 we are told about life by the Spirit–what it is not, and what it is. And throughout chapter 6 we learn about doing good to all. This last week during the service we started with the all-encompassing word of LOVE–GOD’S love being greatest of all.

Look again at the fruits of the Spirit and how they would describe us as Christ’s people: We are loved and can love, we are given joy, and can be joyful, we are given peace and can become content, we are given patience, forbearance, and the ability to endure long-suffering so that we can be patient with others, we are given kindness so that we can become kind, we are nurtured in faith so that be can become faithful, we are tamed to become gentle by the gentleness of Christ himself, and we are shown to adhere to the gospel through the practice of self-control.

When we read and see the above paragraph, you and I need to look closely for the subject. It is hidden, yet it is so apparent! God is the subject. God takes the initiative; he always has and he always will. Galatians 5:22 lists the fruits of the Spirit as gifts. They are God-given. We must embrace them for the gifts that they are.
 
~written by member Joan Berdahl