Fruits

by Gloria Yasmín
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I’ve been going back and forth into wanting to start juicing for my health. I’ve been slothful. Feeling unergetic and the thought of having to rearrange my kitchen counters to have my juice cube readily accessible, doesn’t help. It feels like such a drag.

Just like I’ve been trying to become healthier physically, I’ve been trying to become healthier in other areas in my life as well. The main one is to become spiritually healthier.

And just as I should incorporate more fruits if I want to get healthier-physically, there are fruits that I need to bear to become spiritually healthy.

I’ve had this nudge inside of me. I’ve heard the whisper calling out to me saying, “You need to study about the fruits of the Spirit.” And as I further reflected, I reproofed myself and said, “You lack some of the fruit. You need to become renewed.” And if that wasn’t enough, another gentle whisper, “Write about it.” And that’s when I halted. I panicked. I don’t even showcase all of the fruits, how can I write about them?

However, I did what I do, when I have a topic/theme I feel inspired to talk/write about. I searched free images on Pixabay looking for something aesthetic enough to write about the fruits of the Spirit. Only to find myself becoming overwhelmed because I couldn’t find something “pleasant” enough. Those are just my doubts and excuses creeping up. But I chose to believe those voices instead of the voice of Truth.

It’s not until recently that I’ve been hearing the same song on repeat, humming it, singing it throughout the days, which speaks about the fruits of the Spirit, that I realized, I need to study and talk about it. And it just became easier, because I am just asked to share about the fruits, and what The Word says about them. I’ll share and I’ll study even more. And I’ll pray that the fruit that I am lacking or if it has become spoiled, becomes renewed and present within.

The Fruits of the Spirit

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindnessgoodnessfaithfulness23 [a]gentleness, selfcontrol. Against such, there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

Just like any good juicing recipe contains fruits that bear their healing properties and nutrients for the body, bearing good fruit for your spiritual life is also beneficial – spiritually. Below you will find the fruits that make up the perfect recipe.

Ingredients:

Love

Joy

Peace

Longsuffering

Kindness

Goodness

Faithfulness

Gentleness

Self-control

a meekness

The measurements are non-existent, for they should overflow. It isn’t a matter of I’ll only sprinkle some kindness today and reserve the rest throughout the week. It isn’t, I’ll love on Monday, be joyful on Tuesday and show goodness on Wednesday. Or it isn’t 1 cup of love, 2 tbs of joy, 1 tsp of peace to yield fruits for the week.

No, we are to put in as much as we have been given from God to give to others. Everything. But won’t we run dry? No, because He is the one who gives. He provides just what we need and He will continue to provide when we give to others from what He gives us. We can never outgive. With Him, we will never run dry.

The best part of this recipe, is that there are no dirty dishes to be washed afterwards. We know these fruits cannot rot if we use them. Now, if we hoard them, well they can become forgotten and rot.

If you lack any of the fruits, or if you struggle with them, ask God. I know I don’t possess or showcase them. I lack self-control. Sometimes I’m quick to anger, when I should be slow to anger. Sometimes I lose my patience and want to do things my way. I’ve been unfaithful to God in my past and undeserving of His faithfulness. But God is rich in mercy. His grace is sufficient. And He has shown me He is the true vine. I am a branch. I hope to be a branch that bears good fruit. His fruit.

Fruit can only grow when we abide in Jesus and walk with the Holy Spirit.

The fruit we bear is evidence of who we follow.

The fruit we bear is a reflection of a surrendered and abiding heart.

The fruit we bear is seen in our actions, words and thoughts.

The fruit we bear demonstrates to a hurting world, the love, kindness, gentleness, and goodness of our Lord.

I leave you with further readings on fruits for the week:

Monday: John 15:1-4

Tuesday: John 15:5-8

Wednesday: Colossians 1:10

Thursday: Jeremiah 17:7-8

Friday: James 3:17

Saturday: Hebrews 13:15

Here’s to yielding and bearing good fruit!

God bless you,

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