Fruit of the Spirit
Grow deep roots to harvest rich fruit! When your roots run deep, you cannot help but bear the fruit of the Spirit.
Fruit is always the miraculous, the created; it is never the result of willing, but always a growth. The fruit of the Spirit is a gift of God, and only He can produce it. They who bear it know as little about it as the tree knows of its fruit. They know only the power of Him on whom their life depends-
The fruit of the Spirit is fundamentally relational. Rather than originating with us, it flows to us from our union with Christ, and it flows beyond us to bring us into fellowship with others. The secret of this flow – and our unity with God and others – is humility.
Grace is the wonderful spirit that imbues every fiber of our being when we practice the fruits of the spirit: kindness, patience, understanding, forgiveness, love, gentleness, fellowship and endurance.
No one can get Joy by merely asking for it. It is one of the ripest fruits of the Christian life, and, like all fruits, must be grown.
The fruit of the Spirit is not push, drive, climb, grasp and trample. Life is more than a climb to the top of the heap.
Grace cannot be confused with righteousness. Grace is receiving what we do not deserve; mercy is not receiving what we do deserve. Righteousness, on the other hand, includes what most of us would consider difficult matters, such as punishment, correction and judgment. It also includes what most of us would consider positive matters, such as the fruit of the Spirit.
God prefers fruits of the spirit over religious nuts.
If every man and woman in the world knew what it was to hunger and thirst after righteousness, there would be no danger of war.
There is a immense difference between training to do something and trying to do something….Spiritual transformation is not a matter of trying harder, but of training wisely…. Following Jesus simply means learning from him how to arrange my life around activities that enable me to live in the fruit of the Spirit.
Peace is a fruit of the Spirit, not a byproduct of accumulated wealth.