1 & 2 Timothy and Titus: Day 13

Grace Day

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Today's Text: Galatians 5:22-23

Use this day to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.
—Galatians 5:22-23

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  • One of my favorite lines from Lara Casey’s book Cultivate (regarding Gal. 5:22-23): “A life aimed at any one of these virtues will leave you chasing your tail because seeking to obtain the fruit of the Spirit isn’t the goal. Cultivating a meaningful life with God is the goal, and the fruit is the result. In order to live a truly fruitful life, we must seek God above all else. He is the Master Gardener who makes our lives fruitful.”

    • Karen

      Thank you for sharing that Morgan, as I tend to forget that it is not by my own strength that I can cultivate these fruits, but by living a life with God at the center.

    • Amanda B

      Yes exactly!! It’s taken me a long time to figure that out!! Adding this book to my list!!

    • Kathy Denniston

      I love this!!!

  • Denise Powers Fabian

    Help me, Lord, to allow you to produce this fruit in my life…day by day.

  • Cassandra, Thank you for sharing the insight that the Lord has given you about this verse. As I reread it, I see that it is the FRUIT (singular) of the SPIRIT (not humanity). It is not up to me to have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control. It is up to me to hold tight to the Holy Spirit in me. Jesus calls us to look upon him. To be as he is- a child and heir of God. The reality is, that I am not my own. I am the Lords’. I belong to the one whose spirit is one of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control. Sisters, we do not belong to jealousy, insecurity, addiction, abuse, depression, anxiety, etc.. We belong, and therefore are free to act out of our belonging, to the Spirit of the Lord!

  • Katie Morrison

    I read Switch On Your Brain by Dr Caroline Leaf and she talks a lot about how we are shaped by our thoughts and how God’s Word can help us to have healthy thoughts and to get rid of toxic thinking. I think this really correlated with this verse today in exhibiting the fruit of the spirit. She has podcasts too and a link on YouTube where Priscilla Shirer interviews her. Sisters, check it out. It’s so great.

  • Cassandra Mehan

    My church published a devotional on the fruit of the spirit for Advent last year. One thing I learned in that study is how “fruit” is singular and is therefore described as being all of the described attributes combined. I had read that verse dozens of time before the Advent study and always just thought of it as plural “fruits.” The study tied in the correlation of the fruit of the spirit and the body of Christ to be the salt of the earth. God is truly the Master Planner!

  • Megan Brown

    Because I often feel this way too, Rachel and Leslie, a word of encouragement I heard from a podcast: it doesn’t matter what you do, as a profession or hobby. What matters is that you’re doing it well and when people see how you work then they will want to know what it is about you that makes you special.
    I also lack in the same fruit, Rachel.

  • It is no coincidence that Galatians 5:22-23 has been part of our reading two days in a row. I am clearly seeing that a couple of these fruits are not bearing well on my tree. So incredibly grateful for the reminder that some pruning needs to be done in my life and heart to get my fruit healthy again.

  • Churchmouse

    The evidence of these fruit in my life directly reflects my spiritual maturity. Ouch. A somber reality check.

  • Rachel Marshall

    Right there with you, Leslie. I sometimes feel like I’m just existing, and not truly living. Going through a weird phase in my life and hoping to see God’s provision. Patience is what I lack the most of. Self control, too, because I can be very impulsive in my choice of words when I feel stressed or anxious, which here lately has been quite often. Trying to just rest “in the waiting” and know that He has something great in store for me.

    • Valerie Miller

      I am going through a very similar experience Rachel. I know God is faithful. He will bring us through as long as we hold to the faith. As Paul said in Philippians I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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