June 17th: Fruit: Love
Scripture: 1 John 4:13-17, Galatians 5:16-25
The word love is used to describe a lot of things in our lives. In many ways, it has lost its meaning. The love that the Spirit produces in us does not look like the love we see in the world. This love is sacrificial. This love puts others first, reflects the character of God and is never self-serving. This kind of love is counter-cultural. How is this fruit evident in your life? How is the Spirit working in you to love the people around you, love God, and love yourself?
June 24th: Fruit: Joy
Scripture: Matthew 12:33-35, Romans 15:13
Many of the fruit of the Spirit can be described as feelings. Emotions that we express when we are happy, content or satisfied. And while they can be described as feelings in the way the world knows them, these fruit are not something we simply feel. We are not always joyful. We are not always filled with joy. Joy is both a state of being and something that God has to continuing work on in our lives. Joy and happiness are often interconnected. One expression is not better or worse than the other, though they represent different things in our lives. Happiness is inwardly focused where joy is outwardly focused. Does your life reflect the joy of the Lord? Are you able to be joyful in times of heartache and distress? How is the Spirit working in you to produce joy in all circumstances?
July 1st : Fruit: Peace
Scripture: Colossians 3:15-17, Romans 5:1-2
We seek many different kinds of peace in our lives. Peace among people who do not get along. Peace and quiet after a busy, noisy day. Inner peace. An absence of fighting and war. God’s peace takes us deeper than the earthly peace we often seek. God’s peace takes us into a deeper relationship with him, where through the Holy Spirit, God is cultivating peace within us, in order that we share that peace with others. How is the Spirit working in you to produce peace within you and around you?
July 8 th : Fruit: Patience
Scripture: Psalm 33: 20-22, 1 Peter 4:12-16, 19
In a world that waits for nothing, patience is increasingly difficult. We have less patience the quicker we have access to the internet and communication. The art of patience has all but been lost. Expect that God has designed us to patiently wait. God is not about instant gratification. Sometimes, God’s response to us is to be patient and wait. To wait on God’s word or God’s timing. Patience is definitely a fruit that the Spirit must produce in us, because we as a society are not very good at it on our own. How is the Spirit working in you to produce patience? In what areas of your life do you need more patience?
July 15th : Fruit: Kindness
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6: 1-10, Ephesians 4:30-32
Be kind. This phrase has appeared over the last several months on social media, as people are encouraging one another to be kind in light of so much hate. Kindness can go a long way. It typically does
not take a lot of effort, finances or time. However, we have to remind each other to do it. Our society has become so inward focused that we forget how to treat one another. We forget the basics. But as followers of Jesus, kindness should be within us. If the Holy Spirit is alive and present in our lives, then kindness should be who we are. It should take no effort or thought. Simply something that stems from
our relationship with Jesus. It can be difficult to be kind when nobody around us is practicing kindness, which is why it is ever so important that it is embodied in our every day lives. How is the Spirit working in you to produce kindness?
July 22nd : Fruit: Goodness
Scripture: Galatians 6:7-10, Luke 6:43-45
As we walk through this series, an ever present theme is that our world is deeply broken. Our world is not a reflection of the fruit of the Spirit. Our world is not a reflection of the gifts that come from God. But we are to be the reflection of the goodness of God in our world. We are to be the light in the darkness. We are to be the hope to the hopeless, pointing our world to Jesus. Not that we are better than the world, but that we know the God who saves. We know the God who is good. Who gives us good
things. The Spirit is to produce that kind of goodness in us so that we can do good. How is the Spirit working in you to produce goodness? How are you allowing the Spirit to do good through you to point others to Jesus?
July 29th : Fruit: Gentleness – Communion
Scripture: Psalm 103:11-14, Matthew 11:28-30
The fruit of gentleness is not about being people who do not have a voice. It does not mean that we shy away from injustice or conflict. It means that we approach people differently. Jesus was not afraid to speak up and defend the broken and the sinner. He called out the wrong-doing he witnessed all around
him. And yet he called people to himself in a loving and humble manner. He treated people kindly and tenderly. Jesus knew when to speak out and when to be still. Gentleness is about what is in our hearts and how that is played out in our interactions with people. How is the Spirit working in you to produce gentleness? Is how you treat people a reflection of the love and grace of God?
August 5th : Fruit: Faithfulness
Scripture: Daniel 3:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:56-58
God is always faithful. God has never failed us. He is consistent and ever present in our lives. We, as faithful followers of Jesus, need the Spirit to grow faithfulness in us. Our faithfulness increases as we build a relationship with God and we learn to trust Him. Faithfulness is about not knowing the outcome of a situation, but trusting that God will see us through no matter what. We grow in faith as we grow in
relationship with Jesus. How is the Spirit producing faithfulness in you?
August 12th : Fruit: Self-Control
Scripture: 2 Peter 1:3-10, Galatians 5: 13-16
Some of us do a fantastic job at controlling our words, actions and desires. Others of us struggle daily with self-control. Our society says we are welcome to do whatever we would like and not to worry about the consequences. But that’s not what God says. The temptations that lead us to sin need to be controlled. We must capture our thoughts and control our actions as people who claim to follow Jesus. But we do not have to do it on our own. We are able to rely both on our relationship with God and our
relationship with other followers of Jesus. We have to hold each other accountable, especially if we struggle with self-control. How is the Spirit producing self-control in you? Who holds you accountable?
A 9 week series on what the Holy Spirit produces in us as we seek to faithfully follow Jesus. These
fruit are not like the kind that we consume, where we get to choose what we like and what we do not.
All of these fruit are to be evident in our lives as the Spirit works in us.
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