“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Some people delay accepting Christ because they fear the changes that would result. But if they were thinking clearly, they would immediately embrace the changed life. God only gives us good things (James 1:17; Psalm 84:11). Of these good things, spiritual change must head the list.
God gives a good indication of what the Holy Spirit seeks to accomplish in our lives:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
“Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12).
The expression, “fruit of the Spirit”, indicates the work the Holy Spirit produces. It also gives us a grid to measure progress. Am I more patient and kind? Do I sympathize with those carrying heavy loads, and do I help to ease those loads? Do I emit a fragrance of joy where I go, or do I bring cynicism and negativity? Am I filled with God’s peace and, if so, am I a peacemaker? Do I demonstrate kindness toward others, and am I gentle in my dealings?
Admittedly, none of us have arrived, but God will provide the needed strength for the journey. He calls us to faithfulness, which is also a Fruit of the Spirit. As we continue in our faith walk, God strengthens us so that we can produce more fruit (John 15:1-7).
As the years roll on, we should be more sensitive to the Spirit’s work in our life. We should demonstrate stronger desires to walk with Christ even during rough patches. We should draw upon His vital spiritual resources, and long for the pure spiritual milk (1 Peter 2:2).
Most travelers enjoy their journey more when they know their destination. Christians know where God is leading them, to holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:3). We make that journey more enjoyable when we fully cooperate with God with what He is doing in our life.
Posted on Thu, November 10, 2016
by Sam Petitfils