The Word of God describes the fruit of the spirit as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” It then goes on to say, “There is no law against these things” (Galatians 5:22-23)!
For many Christians, these nine attributes, which sound so simple, are an ideal, a way of living that remains just out of reach. They want to experience a life that is full of the love of God, His characteristics and the direction of the Holy Spirit, but past hurts, lifelong habits and daily frustrations make that seem impossible.
Thankfully, God is the God of the impossible.
As the Apostle Paul reminded us in Ephesians 3:20: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
Let’s rest on that a moment. God—our God—is able to work in each of us to accomplish more than we can possibly imagine!
How is that possible?
By us taking—or possessing—the fruit of the spirit.
When we take the fruit of the spirit, we move them out of the ethereal and into the natural. We lay claim to them and understand that we have a right to have them in our lives as children of the Most High God. They are part of our covenant rights through Jesus. How do we do this? How do we take the fruit of the spirit and enjoy the effects of developing and living with that fruit on a daily basis? Let’s explore four ways to take the fruit of the spirit.
1. Go to the Source of the Fruit
Developing the fruit of the spirit comes from a relationship with the Lord. Yes, we can try to force the fruit of the spirit in our lives, but doing so will be a trying experience. We’ll struggle to keep our peace, remain faithful, live joyfully, respond in love and more. The process will be merely a work of the flesh.
Developing the fruit of the spirit becomes a natural process when we yield to the Lord. By spending time and developing a relationship with Him, appreciating how much He loves us, and understanding who He is and who He wants to be in us, we begin to yield to Jesus. That process allows us to develop a oneness with Him that results in us developing the fruit of the spirit.
Source: Kenneth Copeland Ministries