“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” – Galatians 5:22-23 (The Message)
Some of you may recognize this passage of scripture. It is commonly known as the “fruit of the Spirit” verse. Most of us can remember some of it: “and the fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, joy, patience….) But today I really wanted to share this version from the Message translation. Sometimes, reading a passage you know by heart takes on a new meaning when viewed through a different lens.
By reading it this way, I can ask myself, “Am I truly being filled by the Holy Spirit?” This is extremely important because, as a child of God, signs of the Spirit in my life are a distinct marking. It is how the world can differentiate me from a non-believer. It validates my witness.
I invite you today to really meditate on the passage and to ask yourself the same question. If you find that some parts of your life are not quite there yet, then this is a wonderful opportunity to have a conversation with God and ask Him to fulfill this wonderful promise He has given you. It is a prayer that is well-said each day of our lives, “Lord, please fill me with Your Holy Spirit.” And the benefits cannot be measured.
Sweet Holy Spirit,
You are my Good Counselor. You are my Teacher and my Guide. Please come today and fill my soul. Lead me into a life that glorifies You and bears a strong witness for Christ in this world. Cultivate in my heart the fruit of Your presence: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control. Help me to live as the child of God that I am, with all its fullness.
In the name of my Savior I pray,