What Kind of Tree Are You?

I am sitting at my desk working on assignments for an upcoming class, when the fruit of the spirit ran through my head.  I’m writing a paper on absolute truth, which isn’t really close to Galatians 5 at all.

However, I have considered writing about Galatians 5:22-23 for several weeks and I finally have been led to begin this series of blog posts.  

As we walk through these two verse together, it’s important that you see the verses in our text.  

Galatians 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

These twenty-three words should change our perspective in life.  They should!  Matthew 7:17 is a great verse to have alongside our verses because it reveals our vitality.  Matthew 7:17 says, “Every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit”.

Here are two considerations to begin our digesting of these verses.

First, fruit is singular.  In the original language of the New Testament, this word for fruit is a singular word to points to a harvest.  It’s important that we understand the difference.  These verses are not describing our walk through the produce section of the local grocery store.

Second, but is a conjunction.  A conjunction is used to connect two clauses, thoughts or sentences.  The next post will begin to unpack the first part of the clause, so we can understand why the second clause is vitally important for our lives.

Third, a person has all of them or none of them.  This one might be harder to swallow because it nails every one of us.  As we work our way through the text, we will begin to understand why this is the case.  When we authentically evaluate our spiritual condition, the muck rises to the surface and we have to deal with it.

Why do I point those things today?

God is gracious, loving and kind.  He has taken us out of something in order to refine us for his glory.  The battle between both clauses is inside of us.  The battle is real.

The hope within the battle is the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.  We are nothing without Jesus Christ.  I invite you to look inside the fruit of the spirit with me.  Let’s be changed together.

You are loved!