18th June 2020
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
In 2017, I was able to travel to Switzerland for the first time to meet some of my extended family. It truly was an incredible experience. One particular day, my cousin took me to her veggie patch in the countryside. She had an array of great produce including blueberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuces and lots of herbs. As we were walking back home, I noticed a big tree which had ripe apples on it. I picked one off and ate it. It was without doubt, the best apple I have ever eaten. It was so fresh, crunchy and delicious! You can really tell the difference between good fruit and bad fruit. Bad fruit really doesn’t appeal to the senses and is quickly discarded to the bin. As we spend more and more time dwelling with Jesus, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit produces good fruit in our lives. These fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These fruits are always appealing and attractive, in every situation. They are sweet to the soul and they are a key ingredient for good relationships. I’ve often prayed for the Holy Spirit to develop patience in my life and as a result, I’ve found myself having to wait (how ironic!). Naturally, my old ‘self’ or ‘flesh’ finds this difficult. Feeling myself becoming impatient behind the extremely slow driver or in the incredibly long queue, I remember my request: “God, help me to be more patient.” In this moment, I’ve kicked myself for my amnesia but have taken a breath and decided to be patient. Paul encourages us in this, saying, “Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” (Galatians 5:16) As I choose to lean towards God’s way of doing life, I find myself becoming more fruitful, bearing more patience and funnily enough, the choice to bear patience gets easier, coming to mind more and more quickly. Today, let the Holy Spirit guide your life in all of your interactions. Know that you will bear good fruit, and should you fail, believe that God’s grace is more than enough!