Galatians 5:22-23 tells us, â€śBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.â€ť The fruit of the Holy Spirit is the result of the Holy Spiritâ€™s presence in the life of a Christian. The Bible makes it clear that everyone receives the Holy Spirit the moment he or she believes in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14). The fruits are displayed INSTANTLY and ETERNIOUSLY upon a Christian being born again because the Holy Spirit has entered them and pushed out the old man (i.e. the person you were before knowing Christ).
The one true factor I have seen in many “professed Christians” that always sets them apart from the truly born again is the total opposite of patience, gentleness and self-control when it comes to issues that deeply affect them. Let’s be perfectly clear, honest, and truthful: if your life is devoid of these three issues, then it is void of the remaining issues as well, and thus, totally devoid of the Spirit.
In the Bible, Jesus repeats the same words to His people “Come, follow Me!” The reaction is always the same each time: Those whom He calls out to drop what they are doing, leave their comfortable surroundings, and follow the Lord. We are only aware that they partially become aware shortly after the betrayal of Judas.
A Christian’s sacrificial life is marked only by the desertion of any former thoughts or activities. We become a new identity in Christ. Anything new cannot be a mixture of anything old. We MUST be willing to allow the Spirit to wash us, and mold us into what the Spirit wills us to be. We must allow God to prune us and to make us into His image, and we should never interfere with the Lord’s work in our lives.
Is Jesus the Lord of your life? Are you filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit? Are you on the couch, or are you carrying the cross?