Bearing the Fruits of The Spirit
How often do we as individuals inspect our performance? Whether it’s assessments in school, personal evaluations, or sales numbers, we tend to measure success, growth and progress with hard, numerical data. It was in my most recent Bible study where I found myself thinking: “There are definitely fruits of the Spirit I need to work on!” This was the case of just about every fruit we discussed: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I was under the impression this was an area of my life that will always be “under construction.” I’m working on patience as I tough out the terrible twos with a little one or I’m focusing on loving those around me better.
I wanted a SMART goal with each fruit and would plan how to do a better job with displaying these in my life. In this study, I discovered what exactly my role is in demonstrating the fruit the Spirit is bearing within me. In other words- the Spirit bears it, I wear it. My job is not to painstakingly work on these areas, but to abide in and seek Christ. Through that relationship, the
Holy Spirit will bear in me all the fruits He promises. I just have to allow Him to do the work. Phew, that takes a load off my shoulders in regards to my construction zone. If all I am required to do is draw my nourishment from “the Vine,” who alone is responsible for all the work, and wear the fruit, this allows me to once again relish in the freedom that comes from knowing our Savior intimately. I fear the performance expectations we put on ourselves, not to mention the expectations of others, can bring any struggling Christian down. However, all we need to do is draw closer to Christ and allow His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to be displayed. That will shatter every expectation this world could attempt to put on us.
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Katie Bowman, MEd, LPC-Intern