Bible Reading: Galatians 5:16-26
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
Over the past weeks, we have taken a look at the fruit of the Holy Spirit. I trust that this has been both a blessing and a challenge to you.
You could not help but notice how the various aspects of the fruit of the Spirit overlap and flow into one another, somewhat like the colours of the rainbow. We know that the colours of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, but when you see a rainbow you cannot always separate the colours one from another. It is this way with the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Each aspect of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is a manifestation of God’s character, because the Holy Spirit is God and His ministry is to glory Jesus. No aspect of the fruit of the Spirit is more prominent or more important than another, but I think that it is fair to say that love is the sum total of all the aspects of the fruit of the Spirit. The other aspects of the fruit of the Holy Spirit all flow from love – peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control all issue from love and are aspects of love.
God has given us everything that we need for righteousness and godliness, but just as fruit grows and ripens on the trees, so as we are abiding in Christ, the vine, we should be growing in the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The more we allow the Holy Spirit to have the control in our lives the more we will grow into the likeness of Jesus. God’s purpose for each of His children is that they be conformed to the image of His Son [Romans 8:29]. This is the work of the Holy Spirit and one day will be completed when we see Jesus – “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” [1 John 3:2].
“Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity;
O Thou Spirit divine, All my nature refine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me”
No questions today, but an encouragement. If the Lord has blessed you through this series of daily devotional words, why not write and encourage me.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. Thank you that you are changing me into the image of your Son, Jesus. I yield myself afresh to your Holy Spirit and ask you to have Your way in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.