Friday, July 05, 2013

Fruit of the Spirit

This week I have been studying on ways that living a life of faith is a better way to live than to live without faith. When I talk about faith, because of my tradition, I’m talking about faith in Jesus, whom I believe to be God and the way back to God for all people. (As contrasted with those whose faith responses are to money, wealth, health, fame and other non-God entities.)

Using an agri-metaphor, Paul, the apostle writes to the people in Galatia (today that’s Turkey) about what it means to live a life of faith in response to Jesus’ grace. (Letter to the Galatians, chapter 5) Paul insists that an appropriate life response is that we “bear fruit," what he calls the Fruit of the Spirit. This fruit is not any action we do, not prayers we pray, nor stands we take, but rather it is ways of being. The fruit Paul says we bear is love, peace, kindness, faithfulness, patience, generosity, joy, gentleness and self-control. (Fruit…so it includes all of these ways of being.)

  • What do you think that the fruit of the Spirit would look like in people today?
  • Do you think living a life of faith in Jesus is better than not living such a life?
I invite you to comment, sound off, complain, or otherwise give your opinion.


Unknown said...

I believe fruit of the spirit could be manifested as lifting others up and encouraging them when they are feeling hopeless or worthless. I also believe being kind to others and loving them through unlovable moments.
I wondered about what you said that health or desiring health is not a "God entity"? Could you elaborate on this a little more?

Rev. Dr. Judy Hilton Eurey said...

I just mean that good health is not God. Sometimes people put their faith in their health to the exclusion of trusting God, as they might in money, fame, or relationships.

Thanks for commenting. 8-)

Laure Covert said...

peace is the fruit of the Spirit that I experience so much now... peace in my deepest soul to be loved by God and live in love.... "a spacious place" he has brought me into.