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What Are the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit?
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here. Yes, I would like to receive information from Aleteia partners. Thank you! Your submission has been received! Cerith Gardiner. John Martignoni. Dominika Cicha and Marzena Devoud. Zelda Caldwell. He makes you admit that you are a sinner, and then He gives you the strength and the power to turn from your sins. Men have come into our meetings and have gotten up and shaken their fists in my face and walked out. But they came back, because it was the Holy Spirit making them uncomfortable.
You cannot come to Christ unless the Holy Spirit convicts you. The Bible teaches that the moment you receive Jesus Christ as Savior, the Spirit of God comes in and gives you new life. The Bible also teaches us that the Spirit of God produces the fruit of the Spirit. This cluster of fruit should characterize the life of every Christ-born child of God.
But what do we find? In the average so-called Christian today we find the opposite.
The moment you receive Christ as your Savior, that self is put down. Christ is put on the throne in your life, and the Spirit of God dominates your life.
This is the only way to develop the fruit of the Spirit
However, self is still there—sometimes hidden, sometimes quiet—waiting for the opportunity and the chance to attack the citadel of your soul and take control again. You have the will as a Christian to yield either to the flesh and live a fleshly, carnal life; or to yield to the Spirit and live a Spirit-filled life. Which life are you living? Are you living a fleshly, carnal life? Oh, you go to church, but there is no daily walk or fellowship with Christ.
God never meant it to be that way. God meant the Christian life to be on the highest possible plane at all times, bearing the fruit of the Spirit. I cannot bear the fruit of the Spirit by my own strength. I cannot love, I cannot have joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance by myself. I have no power. But this Holy Spirit, who lives in me since I received Christ as my Savior, is the one who gives me the power to love. He gives me the joy. He gives me the peace.
The Fruit of the Spirit
He gives me the patience. He bears the fruit in my life. Is your life filled with immorality? Is it filled with idolatry? That is, do you have more time for other things than you do for God? Is there hatred? Is there wrath? Pray and ask Him to help you be a person who walks in love.
Choose to believe the best about people rather than automatically assuming the worst. Go out and love on purpose.
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You will be amazed at the joy it releases in your soul! Focus on learning to love as Jesus loved, and I promise, all the other fruit of the Spirit will follow. Studying the Bible can seem like an intimidating endeavor. Are you struggling to live with the love, grace, wisdom, mercy and all the other gifts that God offers? It really is possible when you discover how to receive them. Distractions can easily lead your life off course. But Joyce encourages you that when you make spending time with God a priority, you'll stay headed in the right direction. At any time you can unsubscribe and remove your consent.
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