Faith & Life: Are You Effectively Seeking the Fruit of the Spirit in Your Life?


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Are You Effectively Seeking the Fruit of the Spirit in Your Life –

In the Current Season, You’re In?

by J.M. Troppello


I hope that in all my faith-based articles, I don’t come across as preachy. If I have, I’m sorry. I want to come across as someone who is a Christian and on this same life journey as you. Sure, you’re on a different path than me. However, I hope we are both on a path that includes seeking to grow spiritually daily.


This topic of whether or not I am seeking fruit in my life in the current season I’m in has been on my mind for a while. It’s been in my article topic list in my notebook for about a month. I haven’t had the courage to write about it until now. I guess I feared that writing about it would make me actually analyze my own spiritual life.


The truth is that there are days when I am not actively seeking spiritual fruit in my life. For the most part, I am. Yet, the actively part is what has got me thinking.


The Fruit of the Spirit


So, I turned to the well-known passage in Galatians about the fruit of the Spirit. I’ve read this passage many times. Yet, each time I come back to it; it does convict me. That’s a good thing. It means that I am open spiritually to what the Holy Spirit is trying to communicate to me.


22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Gal. 5:22-26, NKJV)

Yet, the real pivotal point is whether or not I decide to act on this verse and not just simply read it and move on.


So, what is the fruit of the Spirit?


  • Love

  • Joy

  • Peace

  • Longsuffering

  • Kindness

  • Goodness

  • Faithfulness

  • Gentleness

  • Self-Control


I love the reminder in verse 25 in this passage that living in the Spirit means also walking in the Spirit. That’s not always easy—when I’m operating in my flesh. However, it becomes infinitely easier when I begin each day with prayer and devotional time—and trust God to lead me—and listen to the daily conviction of the Holy Spirit. Verse 26 continues by urging believers not to act conceitedly, don’t provoke others, and don’t walk in envy.


Those three things—conceit, provocation, and envy—can take you down a dark road and totally stagnate your growth in the fruit of the Spirit. In the past, I’ve allowed those three things to negatively impact my life and hinder my spiritual growth.


Questions to Ask Yourself


In the effort to effectively seek the fruit of the Spirit in your life in your current stage, ask yourself the following questions. I’ve asked them of myself as well.


  1. Do I even want to seek the fruit of the Spirit?

  2. What am I doing to actively seek the fruit of the Spirit?

  3. Am I open to the conviction of the Holy Spirit daily?

  4. Am I open to constructive criticism from others in my inner circle?

  5. What’s my process for starting over again when I fail?

  6. Do I trust God to help me begin again each day?

  7. What am I doing to seek His Kingdom daily?


Seek Spiritual Fruit Daily


Yes, this is a heavier article than usual. But I want to be vulnerable with you. This topic has been on my heart. It’s something that I’m evaluating in my spiritual life. I just wanted to share my journey with you. I hope this article can open your heart to new ruminations spiritually as well.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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