Don’t Wait for Patience – It’s Already Yours

Have you ever read about the fruit of the Spirit and thought, “Lord, how can I possibly be that? More than anyone else in the world, even more than me, You know who I am. 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” Galatians 5:22-23

You may know the verse: “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience….” That’s usually where I stop. Precisely because that’s usually where I fall short the most.

But, today I realized that this verse is not at all about what we can do, or anything we can accomplish. This verse is first about who God is and what He has toward us.

Fruit of the Spirit

Secondly, this verse is about what He gives us. Not about what we can accomplish.

Other verses in the Bible speak about the fruit we can bear. In Matthew 3:8 and Luke 3:8 Jesus tells the crowd to “bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” In other words, once you know better, do better.

But Galatians doesn’t seem to be saying that.

In this verse, God is telling us that this Fruit is something He is bearing…in and through us. It may come out of us, but it doesn’t originate with us.

When our great planet Earth was in its infancy, God made “trees bearing fruit…each according to its own kind” (Genesis 1:11-12). Apple trees made apples. Pomegranate trees made pomegranates. And chocolate trees made chocolate beans! (sort of)

If we understand that, then we can understand this:

The Fruit of the Spirit is the character of God Himself.

God is Love. God is Joy. God is Peace. God is Patient. God is Kind. God is Good. God is Faithful. God is Gentle. And God is Self-Controlled.

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These are the things that God is and has toward us.

This has completely changed my perspective on these words. For so many years, I tried (God knows), I believed, and I prayed to have these traits. To possess them. But now I know they aren’t meant to be achievements for good little Christian girls and boys to aspire to.

These are gifts! They’re God’s fruit basket to me!

God Himself planted His seed in us, He grows it, and out of His own Spirit comes the Fruit of Love, Joy, Peace, (and yes) Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.

Now…

I can have Joy and Peace in hard times, because God has already planted Joy and Peace inside of me.

I can be Patient and Kind to my neighbor who floods my yard every summer watering their vegetable garden. (Sorry, neighbor. :/ If you’re reading this…your zucchinis that grow over my fence are amazing, by the way.)

I can be Faithful to the work (vocation) that God has called me to – wife, mother, friend, mentor, teacher.

Take a moment today and meditate on this familiar verse again. But this time, understand this:

The Fruit of God’s Spirit is His Grace to us.

He Loves me.

He completes Joy in me.

He gives me Peace.

He is Patient with me.

He is Kind to me.

He is Good. All the time.

He is Faithful to His promises for me.

He is Gentle with me.

He is merciful and Self-Controlled toward me.

And He has given the Fruit of Himself to me.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” Galatians 5:22-23

And that’s how GRACE speaks to me.

Have you ever struggled to have the Fruit of the Spirit? How do you see them differently now? SHARE in the COMMENTS below and let’s continue the discussion…