“But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
What we need to be in Christ we cannot be on our own accord. Our self efforts and man mad rules to gain those things of which we should be in Christ are all vanities. Developing the Fruit of the Spirit in the heart of the Believer is the ministry of the Holy Spirit…not man’s. It is the circumcision made without hands. Old things pass away and we become a NEW creature in Christ Jesus through the ministry of the Holy Spirit when our faith is placed in the Cross of Christ. The Holy Spirit only works within the parameters of faith in the finished work of Jesus. He is not commissioned to do this work when our faith is in anything other than the Cross of Christ; not the wooden beam but Jesus Christ and Him crucified…Who HE is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe. Faith in our ability to produce the Fruit of the Spirit is not faith in the Cross of Christ but our own efforts.
If someone isn’t exhibiting the Fruit of the Spirit in their lives it is because their faith has been corrupted into something they must do. Friends, parents, husbands, wives….if there is no fruit, point them to the Jesus Christ and Him crucified for the answer in which they seek so the Holy Spirit can superintend the work He is commissioned to do.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” Romans 5:1
There is peace with God through the Cross of Christ; sanctifying peace…peace beyond all understanding. We may not be perfect but we are at peace with our God Who loves us.
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:22
Discern the fruit. Being made free from sin, we have become servants to God. The power of sin was broken by Jesus on Calvary’s Cross. We are alive unto God through the Cross of Christ and afforded the ability to partake in God’s Divine Nature. Choose this day in whom you will serve. Allow the Holy Spirit to produce in you fruit unto God through faith in the Cross of Christ. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren