Lenten Devotional for March 16

The Fruit of the Spirit

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Galatians 5:22-26

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
—Galatians 5:22-23

Reflect:

Fruit is expected of every Christian, regardless of stage or condition of life. In John 15, Jesus defines this fruit in terms of love and obedience. Paul expanded this image when he wrote, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Gal. 5:22-23). These attitudes and actions characterized the life lived in obedience to God and reliance on the Holy Spirit. We cannot make ourselves produce such fruit. But we can ask God to grow such love through us. And we can focus our minds toward exhibiting such qualities.
—Gerrit Scott Dawson*

Pray:

Holy Spirit, I know that when I stay connected to the vine, I experience your power. And, that only your power produces the fruit of the spirit. Amen.

Respond:

Meditate on the fruit of the Spirit listed and on evidence of the fruit in your life. What do you see? What fruit would others say they see in you?


Credits: *From Companions in Christ: A Small-Group Experience in Spiritual Formation, Participant Book by Gerrit Scott Dawson, Adele Gonzalez, E. Glenn Hinson, Rueben P. Job, Marjorie J. Thompson, and Wendy Wright. Copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

This and the other devotionals for this Lenten Series can be found at the following link: http://www.thegodwecanknow.com/category/50-devotions/page/2/.