Today, my dad challenged me to research/find out about the 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit. And to be honest, I wasn’t familiar with them. I vaguely remember him talking about it a while back, but nothing significant comes to mind.
After some website skimming, I realize how important this topic is.
If you aren’t familiar with the 9 fruits, it’s essentially character qualities God wants to instill in us. Whether we have a few of them already or need to rid ourselves of bad traits, these qualities or fruits are as follows: love, joy, peace, longsuffering(patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Essentially, bearing these fruits or qualities tells you how much you’re being led by the Holy Spirit. The closer you are to the Holy Spirit, the more spiritual fruit you will bear.
By showing or mainifesting these fruits throughout each and every day, whether when we’re at work or at a neighborhood barbecue, we bear testimony to the God we serve. It’s not about what we say because (no offense), but anyone can say they’re a Christian, but we’re judged on what we do! It’s similar to how we communicate with others. The majority of communication isn’t even about what we say, or how we even say it, but through expressive, nonverbal means. And it’s unbelievable to the percentage of actions over words that take place, 55% and 7% respectfully. Meaning, our actions truly do speak louder than words!
So if you are led by God, the Holy Spirit will brightly shine through your behavior and actions, more so than what you say. By bearing these fruits, Jesus can move through you, being the vessel of His word, ultimately living and fulfilling His calling for you.
The key is to open yourself up to bear these fruits and to do this, one must give your life to God, seek Him out, and put Him first in your life. By focusing on Him and not just his blessings and gifts, we can begin to see why He has gifted us with such talents and abilities to fulfill his will for us.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”-Matthew 6:33