“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” (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV).
There are two essential points to understand about the fruit of the Spirit. First, they don't flourish without deliberate nurturing. Without tending to them in our lives, they won't develop. Following God's commands and heeding the Spirit's guidance is crucial for their cultivation. Growing and exhibiting these qualities is a conscious choice; they don't naturally occur, especially in a world that doesn't promote their growth.
Secondly, the fruit of the Spirit primarily relate to our interactions with others. Kindness or patience, for instance, isn't displayed towards God but towards those in our lives—family, friends, strangers, even adversaries. If we're genuinely guided by the Spirit, these fruits should blossom in our relationships.
Although the world might not naturally foster these virtues, it does acknowledge and appreciate them when encountered. Despite not encouraging their development, the world does respond positively to their presence. Reflect on your life today. Where can you intentionally cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in yourself and your relationships?
Question: Is there a specific time I must pray?
O Lord, locate and destroy by fire every evil charm, hex, spell, jinx, manipulation and witchcraft working against my life, in Jesus name.
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