The Fruits of the Spirit -Part 1
God created plants that produce fruit the third day of creation: “Then God said: Let the earth produce green grass, grass that gives seed; tree of fruit that bears fruit according to its kind, that its seed be in it, on the earth. And it was like that “(Genesis 1:11).
The trees that God made were good. As in the case of Adam and Eve, God gave a “job” to the trees: to produce good fruit.
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Do you like to eat apples that are bad, have insects or a parasite? What will a farmer do with a tree that does not produce good fruit?
It will probably cut it and use it as firewood! That tree is not doing the work for which God created it. Did you know that people also “produce fruit”?
People who say bad words, who are selfish, who lie, etc. they are like sick trees full of parasites that produce bad fruits. God created us for good works (Ephesians 2:10).
When we love and obey God, we are like strong and beautiful trees that produce delicious fruits that everyone can enjoy.
In Galatians 5: 16,22-23, Paul encouraged Christians to “walk in the Spirit”; that is, make good choices that please the Spirit of God. Paul wanted us to be like strong trees that produce good fruits.
He calls “the fruits of the Spirit” to these good choices in life.
Paul listed nine virtues, and in this article, we will see the first three.
Love, Joy, Peace
The first virtue of the fruits of the Spirit is love. The person who pleases God will produce love.
This love is not like the desire we have for toys, pizza or sweets. This kind of love means that we want the best for others -yes, even for people who are hard to love, like those who treat you badly in school.
God is our example of this kind of love. God loves people who do not love Him or even hate Him. He gives them the rays of the sun, the rain and the food (Matthew 5: 44-45).
He wants us to love others in such a way. How did God show us His love? Right! He gave us His Son to die for us (John 3:16; 1 John 4: 9).
If we love others as God loves us, we will treat them with kindness and respect -even our enemies (Matthew 5: 43-48).
Joy as a fruit of the spirit
The second virtue is joy. “Joy” can simply mean “happiness”, but for the one who loves God, joy has a special meaning.
We can not be happy all the time. Sometimes we feel sad, upset, fearful, etc.
Joy is unique because it can be a feeling of satisfaction even when we are sad, fearful or discouraged.
When we follow the Lord, we feel joy as we have many things to be thankful for. We can even feel joy in the midst of temptations and trials (James 1: 2).
We have joy because God loves us. He hears our prayers. We have a wonderful Christian family, and we hope to live with God forever in heaven.
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A third virtue is peace. “Peace” is the feeling of tranquility and calmness. Like joy, we can have it no matter what is happening around us -even when we feel bad. The apostles Paul and Peter
Is this article helpful to you? Then share with someone. See you soon on part two of this topic, the fruits of the Spirit. But until then, desire with all your heart to bear fruits of the spirit.
God bless you
Evangelist Kehinde Pius Oluwole