In Galatians 5:22-23, our Beloved LORD GOD tells us the fruit of The SPIRIT is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. For many years I tried to live this fruit in my life. But the more determined I became, the more I failed. Finally, in the midst of my failures, through tears and frustration, I cried out to my Beloved LORD GOD. HE graciously heard my cry and mercifully showed me:
1) Apart from HIM, I can do nothing (Jhn 15:5). I could not redeem myself, I could not save myself, and I cannot transform myself. Instead of seeking after fruit, seek after HIM (Psa 27:8, Isa 55:6, Luk 11:9-13).
2) The “fruit of The SPIRIT” is the visible expression of the invisible HOLY SPIRIT of GOD. Which means, spiritual fruit in my life, is the evidence of HIM living and working within me; HIS character is reflected in my behavior. As I continually abide in HIS WORD through study and obedience, living every day in trust and dependency on HIM, HE will transform me into HIS image (2 Cor 3:18).
3) We each have a job in our walk together, HIS is salvation, sanctification and transformation. Mine is listening, trusting and obeying. HE is so awesome! HE even helps me do my job! All I have to do is ask for obedience (Psa 19:13, Psa 119:133, Psa 119:66, Psa 143:8, Psa 143:10), and understanding (Psa 119:34, Psa 119:125).
So how a person both conducts them self and speaks is a reflection of the spirit that lives within them. (Luk 6:43-45, Jhn 8:44, 1 Jhn 2:3-6). It is so important to carefully note that the word “conduct” is used. For the assessment of the state of one’s spiritual life, is not in what one claims or professes, but in what they do, how they are.
Is your life fruitful? Are you filled with love, joy, and peace? Is your anger, irritation or tongue under control? Do those who live with you and those who know you best, feel you are loving, patient, kind, faithful and gentle? Do they see the goodness of The LORD in you?
If not, stop and take this moment to seek both HIS forgiveness and change (1 Jhn 1:9). And then both seek the forgiveness of those on the receiving end of your conduct (behavior); and commit to praying with and for them and yourself (Jam 5:16).
Humble yourselves in the presence of The LORD, and HE will exalt you.