But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
At the a recent Fellowship meeting, Kimberly Lew shared a personal and heartfelt reminder on what it means to cultivate the fruit of the spirit. Her message let us in on her journey and also opened room in each of us to consider what type of “fruit farmer” we’ll be in the coming new year.
Here’s a brief summary of Kimberly’s talk and some thoughtful questions she included at the end. I hope we’ll all contemplate these values, and please, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.
Fruit of the Spirit
by Kimberly Lew
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
- Goodness: Growing up, it seemed obvious that I would do the “good” thing or the “right” thing. But it took maturity to know the difference between truly obeying God versus legalism.
- Joy: There’s a shallow kind of happiness that we can sometimes find for ourselves, through socializing and doing things we enjoy. But that is not always the same thing as the lasting, inner joy that we get through God.