“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
I love how the apostle Paul shows us a bit of humor in these verses. There are laws against many things. Some are the laws of our government, meant to keep us safe: laws against theft, murder, assault, drunk driving, etc.. Other laws are moral: we may not go to jail or be fined when we transgress them, but we know they are wrong and can harm us and others: failing to honor God, false witness, adultery, coveting, and others mentioned in the Ten Commandments.
However, there is no law against practicing the qualities mentioned as fruit of the spirit. You can never go wrong by being loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and temperate. You will not be fined; you will not be chastised, nobody will be angry with you, you will not endanger anyone. In fact, if the fruit of the spirit is displayed in your life and actions, you will be loved and admired. People will enjoy your company and want to be your friend. They may, in fact, begin to emulate you. You will grow spiritually, and you will influence those around you to grow as well.
Think about the opposite “fruits”: hatred, sorrow, discord, anger, meanness, selfishness, betrayal, rudeness and gluttony. Does behaving like this get us anywhere?
So my question is, why aren’t we willing and eager to be cultivate the right “fruit”? Are we afraid we’ll be taken advantage of? That we’ll be seen as wimps? Or are we just not willing to make the effort it takes?
Paul is telling us that our actions have consequences. When our actions reflect the fruit of the spirit, the consequences are only good ones. So… what results do you want? Comment and tell us how the fruit of the spirit has been a positive influence in your life.