“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, staying power, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-discipline… If we stay by using the Spirit, let us also be guided through the Spirit.”
~Galatians 5:22, 23a, 25 (NRSV)
There is one summarising protection against the corruption of the flesh: the power of the Spirit. There is but one way of cultivating the fruits of the spirit: we should be guided by way of the Spirit.
GUIDED IN LOVE
The love of God is our guide and it must be our superintendent. Obeying the command to like way we voluntarily post in the realistic nuances of forgiveness, mercy, and charm.
GUIDED FOR JOY
Living joyfully is not dwelling a fake glad existence whilst we’re sad. Joy is founded in the desire of salvation. Like peace, spiritual pleasure is often a little past comprehension. We are to surrender to joy; to be available to enjoy pleasure at any time of God’s choosing.
GUIDED BY PEACE
Peace is our wish for the brand new life, one unconstrained through each barrier set up via the arena, the flesh, and the evil one. To be guided by means of peace is, again, approximately give up. Peace should be bigger than us, in my opinion. When we are smaller than peace, peace could have its way.
GUIDED TO ENJOY KINDNESS
Being type is one thing, which isn’t always altogether too difficult if we are guided via love. But to revel in kindness is some other thing one at a time. We realize we are without a doubt cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit whilst our steerage enables us enjoy the revel in. To experience the giving and receipt of kindness is an enjoy of heaven on earth.
GUIDED TO BE GENEROUS
Carrying on from kindness, our steerage to be generous is movement-orientated. That is when we realize our guidance is real: that our acts are generous. And generosity is such a great testimony of the simplicity in love.
GUIDED BY FAITHFULNESS
Is there a better thing to be guided in than faithfulness? Loyalty to God unto the sanctification of holiness, a circumstance of discipleship, is our goal. When we’re thinking of other people simply as plenty as we’re considering ourselves we have become more faithful. How a great deal more are we able to, consequently, consider God?
GUIDED TO BE GENTLE
Those who are mild on themselves are capable of be mild on others. When we are guided to be gentle, life is harmonious; a sanctuary.
GUIDED TO EXHIBIT SELF-CONTROL
Such a essential Fruit, in recent times, is the exhibition of strength of mind. But self-control wishes to be nurtured in non-covetous approaches. Will we be bonded to something and be other than God?
Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit is ready being guided in the Spirit. It requires surrender before God and, therefore, lifestyles. We develop or recede; simplest one or the opposite.
© 2012 S. J. Wickham.
Steve Wickham is a Registered Safety Practitioner (BSc, FSIA, RSP[Australia]) and a certified, unordained Christian minister