Yesterday we looked at the idea that the fruit of the Spirit belongs to the Holy Spirit and flows from Him, through us. It is not ours naturally, and stands in stark contrast to the works of the flesh. This understanding will keep up from taking credit for attributes that are not ours.
Today we will not get too much farther. In fact, we are essentially going to look at one word: the word “is.”
Focus (Galatians 5:22)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is…”
The word “is”, is the third person singular present of “be.” There, doesn’t that clear things up?
The importance of this word is the fact that it is concrete. There is no other fruit we should expect from the Holy Spirit.
Why does this matter?
In Ephesians 5:18 we are told the following:
Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Well, then, if we are to take this command to heart, how might we know when this has taken place? In other words, how am I supposed to know if I am filled with the Spirit?
Will I preach powerful sermons? Maybe.
Will I tell others about Jesus? Very likely.
Will I confront sin? Quite possibly.
Are these definite proof of being Spirit-filled? Honestly? No.
However, there are some things that are always present in the life of someone who is filled with the Spirit. His fruit! The fruit of the Spirit IS! It always is. When we have Him, we have His fruit.
Now, as a believer, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit resides within us. Great! Does that mean we will always see His fruit in us? Nope. Obviously not.
The key is found in Galatians 5, where we are told to walk in the Spirit. The issue is not the Holy Spirit residing in us, but in us residing in the Holy Spirit each day. Letting Him guide us. Submitting to His leadership. Putting the flesh aside, and allowing the Holy Spirit to fill up our thoughts and actions.
What will happen then? Well, His fruit will surface in our lives. We will love, we will be longsuffering, we will have joy…etc. How do I know this? Because that is what the fruit of the Spirit is!
Yesterday we cautioned ourselves not to take credit for that which belongs to the Holy Spirit. Today, we should be cautioned not to blame the Holy Spirit for the absence of His fruit in our lives. If we are yielded to Him, His fruit will show. If not…it won’t.
So, let’s ask ourselves. Is the fruit of the Spirit showing in our lives? Did it show yesterday? If the answer is no, will we confess that, and ask God for forgiveness? Will we seek to do differently today? Let me offer a prayer that may help you get started.
Heavenly Father, your Word says plainly that the Holy Spirit has definite fruit. We are also told plainly to submit to Him and be filled daily. I confess that the fruit of the Spirit is something that has been missing from my life. Please forgive me for allowing the flesh to take the lead. Help me today to submit to You, and fill me with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, amen.