Fruit of The Spirit

By Shanice Boyd

As Christians we go through trials that test, stretch, and mature us in our faith. If this were not so, we would remain the same as the day we first came to Christ and there would be no spiritual growth. This progress, however, is important because it is what helps us as we are dealing with issues and temptations daily. It also causes our light to shine and allow others to see Christ when they look at us. As we mature as Christians, we can help, through discipleship and encouragement, those who are infants in the faith as they begin their walk. This growth I am referring to is evidence of the transformation in our lives—the fruit of the spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 teaches us, “…the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and] self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” As we mature in our relationship with God, we are to walk in the spirit and not satisfy the lust of the flesh. (See Galatians 5:16-18.) This doesn’t mean we will be sinless, but the Holy Spirit helps us to sin less as we experience spiritual edification.

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