In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul presents to us a list of nine characteristics of the fruit that is produced by the Holy Spirit. Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Who gets to eat the fruit of the Spirit?”

God did not put fruit on trees for decorations like we put ornaments on our Christmas trees. Fruit grows on trees to satisfy hunger. The fruit is there, not for the tree, but for people to eat.

The peach tree in my backyard brings glory to its creator when luscious peaches hang from its branches. It also brings glory to God when it fulfills its purpose of providing its fruit for those who eat it.

In our consumeristic culture we have come to believe that the fruit of the Spirit is for ourselves to enjoy. We see it primarily as something we possess. Something that ornaments our lives. But it is so much more than “How can I have more Fruit of the Spirit in my life?”

God wants to produce fruit in our lives, not just for the sake of bearing fruit, but for others to eat. Jesus told us that the first and greatest commandment was to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength but he also told us to love our neighbor as ourselves. We give glory to God when we live for others. We are to bear fruit that will be eaten by others, feeding their hungry hearts.

Do you bring your fruit basket with you when you gather with your brothers and sisters in Christ? When you go to work? When you hang out with friends?

Today, let the Spirit produce his fruit in you and give someone else a piece of fruit?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

Grace and Peace,

Terry

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