Fruit of the Spirit or Fruit of the Loom (Mar-Apr 2002)

By Matt Dabbs

by Greg Taylor
March-April 2002

Are the pages of your Bible worn out and bent back at Galatians 5:22-23? We return time and again to Paul’s exhortation about the Fruit of the Spirit in order to remember how to behave or to help us memorize the popular children’s song that goes with the verse.

But often we fail to consider the source of the fruit in Paul’s list. Like a man trying to cut a mighty oak with a butter knife, we often try by our own effort to produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. But are we ourselves the ones who really produce the fruit of the Spirit?

Consider this: the fruit of the Spirit is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, not the fruit of our efforts. Through faith in Christ and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we produce the fruit of the Spirit. Our part, on the other hand, is to “keep in step with the Spirit,” in the words of the Apostle Paul (Gal 5:25).

If by our own righteousness we believe we are producing these fruits, we might as well be producing Fruit of the Loom. Instead, by keeping in step with how the Holy Spirit is already working in our lives, God’s Spirit will produce fruit in us for his glory.

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Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

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