In part one of this series, we talked about the Holy Spirit and how he is the ultimate helper and fundamental tool in our faith walk. He leads us, he guides us in truth, but aside from these things, there are a few more benefits of being filled with the Holy Spirit and we know them to be the fruit of the Spirit. I like to think of the Fruit of the Spirit as our ‘Holy benefits plan’. When we decided to believe in the death and resurrection of Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we were given the amazing benefits of reconnecting with the author of all things good. Throughout the Bible, there’s this theme of harvest and produce and the central idea is always the same: when you put good in, you get good out. When we choose to allow the Holy Spirit to operate in our lives, we are choosing to allow his goodness to radiate through us and affect the way that we do life. Take a look at Galatians 5:19-25:
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 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. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
If you’ve gained nothing else from this passage, it should be this: through the Spirit, we have already won the victory over sin. Verse 24 says,
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Once you become a follower of Christ, you are no longer a slave to sin because the fleshly desire to live a life of sin died on the cross with Jesus—he defeated it. So what does this mean? This doesn’t mean that you will never sin, it means that you will never be able to fall into sin without a way out. With the Holy Spirit tugging on your heart, you will no longer be able to sin comfortably. Take a look at the fruit of the Spirit. There’s love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the qualities of the Spirit of God and they live within you! With the fruit of the Spirit, we are already equipped to fight against every bad habit, every dangerous guilty pleasure, and every fleshly desire that tries to come for our faith walk as long as we choose him. Everywhere that we fall short, he is whole. Use this resource! If you’re feeling impatient, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with patience. If you’re lacking peace, ask him for peace. The more we invite him in, the more we are able to move away from a selfish and sinful lifestyle.
Prayer for Today//
Holy Spirit, thank you for your fruit that lives within me. I know that through you I am no longer a slave to sin, that I do not have to feel trapped in a sinful lifestyle, and that through you I have victory over even the small things. Continue to fill me with love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control so that the world may see you through me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.