The Abiding Life [Part 3]
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, longsuffering, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. Notice what it says in Galatians 5:22-23– “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, longsuffering, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.”
My friend, it is talking about the fruit of the Spirit, not the fruit of the Christian. You see, you cannot produce this fruit. You cannot work hard and try hard to be loving, kind, gentle, patient, self-controlled, and all these things. This is like pumping a well, you can either pump a well and water will flow or you can have an artesian well in which the water just flows. See, if you have His presence in you, Jesus said in John 15:5- “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
If He is in you and He is living His life through you, when people see you and when people listen to you they should see and hear the beauty of Jesus. So, when people see you and when people see me, what should they see? They should see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, longsuffering, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.
If others are not seeing this in your life, then it is either because you are stubborn and wanting to have your own way, or you’re living your own life and you’re driving the car of your life and you have God in the back seat. Maybe you have never been born again. When people spend time with you, when they watch you and listen to you as you live your life, do they see the beauty of Jesus in you, do they see the Spirit of God in you? My friend, He is either there and you are not letting Him control you or He is not there at all and you must be born again.
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