Have you eaten your fruit?

I was reading about putting on the fruits of the spirit like clean clothes over at Cari’s blog..and although I agree with her blog and she says great things, I had a thought.  The clothes analogy is a good one, but I thought, “well, clothes can easily be taken off”.

So then, I started thinking about fruit: what do you do with fruit?  You eat it.  You partake of it, chew  it, enjoy its flavor and swallow it where it gets inside of you and sends nutrients & vitamins to your inner parts.

Isn’t this what we are supposed to do with God’s Word and spiritual fruits?    We should daily chew on His word, meditate upon it and really take time to savor His truths.  To allow God’s spirit to be something that affects us on the inside, in our heart and mind.  The fruits of the spirit aren’t things we should try to do, they should be what we are. Just because we act kindly, doesn’t mean we are kind.  Just because we smile, doesn’t mean we are joyful.  Just because we don’t start the fight, doesn’t mean we are peaceful.

the natural outpouring of God’s spiritual fruits comes from inside of us – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control – these are not an actions, they are the characteristics of God that become our characteristics as we replace our selfish, sinful ways with his truths.

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