The fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut. It isn’t a banana either. Or even a watermelon for that matter. Now, I know what you’re thinking–does that mean the fruit of the Spirit is a lemon or a cherry or bunch of grapes? Well…no…it isn’t. You are probably wondering–where did I learn these great truths of the faith? Some of you already know where, but if you haven’t heard it before, you can take a listen to the Fruit of the Spirit Song at the bottom of this post. It’s a bop. A great way to get your day started, I assure you. It’s a song that will teach you not just what the Fruit of the Spirit is NOT, but also what the Fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (verses 22-23).
What the song won’t tell you (and this is in no way a criticism) is that Paul lists a few other things in Galatians 5 that walking with the Spirit doesn’t produce (verses 19-21). My invitation for you today is to consider what fruit your life is bearing. Is it the works of the flesh or the fruit of the Spirit? Take a moment to read Galatians 5:19-23 again. The question isn’t whether or not your life is completely free of any instance of impurity or jealousy or anger or envy. The question is which direction you’re headed–toward the works of the flesh or walking in step with the Spirit? If you’re like me, you’ll find moments or seasons where you are tempted to use your freedom to indulge yourself at the expense of serving and loving others. The fruit of the Spirit isn’t a coconut, but it isn’t selfishness or rage and the like either. So, as Paul said, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” What needs to change in your thoughts, words, actions, or choices today for you to be in step with the Spirit?