Fruit

This image may be familiar to you. It’s taken from Galatians 5:22–23 (NASB):

 

You may notice that there’s a small typo in this image – it should say “fruit” of the Spirit (singular), rather than “fruits” (plural). If you don’t believe me, then check your Bible!

Anyway, I digress.

I was feeling a little scattered earlier today, and decided to do a simple exercise in order to settle my mind. I wanted to share it with you here, in hopes that it may be able to help someone who is feeling a bit anxious:

  1. I looked at the image, and started with the first attribute that caught my eye: love.
  2. I then took a few minutes to remember the last time that I felt love toward someone, or felt loved by someone. I carefully reviewed these memories, offered thanksgiving to God for them, and then mentally stored these experiences away for another time.
  3. I then proceeded to the next attribute on the image. When I got stuck – and I couldn’t recollect a specific example from my own life – I thought of others around me who modeled these attributes well. I then took a moment to thank God for these people in my life, as well as for the lessons I’ve been able to learn from them.

As I made my way through the fruit of the Spirit, I noticed that my mind felt more peaceful at the end of the exercise than it did at the beginning. This is a simple meditation that I can follow whenever anxiety begins to stir within me – it seems to have a calming effect.

Remarkably, it is only due to the Spirit of God in me that I’m able to recognize these qualities in myself and in others. I am grateful today (and always) for the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, as these attributes should attest to His ongoing leadership and guidance in my life.

Here is my prayer for today: Thank You, Holy Spirit, for Your miraculous and transforming presence in my life! Continue to transform me so that this fruit becomes increasingly evident within me, and I have an even greater capacity to recognize these qualities in those around me, too. 

Finally, help me to remember that the fruit of the Spirit is the ultimate antidote to anxiety. If I can focus my mind and energy on these attributes, then worry will invariably cease – perhaps not right away, but it will go away over time. Thank You for Your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These qualities enable me to make better decisions, because they come from You. In Your name I pray, Amen.

11 thoughts on “Fruit

  1. I believed you, but I looked anyway – I thought maybe the KJV I usually use had fruits plural. I read that verse so many times while writing the first draft of my novel last November that I was so sure it was fruits in the KJV. That was quite a shock. 😂 But one fruit… wow. I may have to change a few things in my second draft… XD

    The way you showed thankfulness using the fruit (singular, haha) of the Spirit was very inspiring. Thank you for sharing! ♥

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    1. I only realized this business about the fruit of the Spirit being singular last year! I take it to mean that God wants us to seek after all of it – rather than merely nibble of the parts of the spiritual fruit that we like. 😉

      I think it’s exciting that you’re writing up a novel! In must take such time, dedication, and calling to do that. I admire what you’re doing! 🙂

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      1. That’s cool! I’m glad you did. 🙂 I agree; He wants us to seek after them all. In the novel I mentioned, one of my main characters has to search out the Fruits (plural) of the Spirit. (Which is why this will obviously need to be redone. 😂)

        Yeah! I’ve always wanted to be a novelist; I usually start one, get another idea for another novel and then don’t finish the previous one. I’m trying to finish what I start now. XD It takes a lot of time, but it is so worth it. 🙂 I have participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for two years, where the goal is to write 50,000 words towards a rough draft of a novel in that month. The good news is that I have a rough draft of the first two novels in my trilogy; the bad news is that I changed some things so now I have to redo both from the beginning. 😂

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      2. Wow! To think that you already have two novels done is quite impressive (even a rough draft must have taken you a lot of time to complete). It really sounds like you are incredibly dedicated to your writing – I wish I had that much focus!

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      3. 🙂 Thanks! I also have one children’s book that I finished a few years ago and now plan to turn into a series… eventually. XD This new project took over and I haven’t gone back to it yet. 😂

        Thanks! I try to be; my current method is to obsess over it for a month or two and then take a break for a month or two so that I can get a fresh perspective. 🙂

        Aww. 🙂 Have you considered writing a novel?

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      4. It sounds like you’re a very prolific writer. You must really enjoy the writing process – I think I’d find it intimidating! 😮

        No, I can’t say that I have ever considered writing a novel. I wouldn’t even know even where to begin!

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      5. Aw, thank you! My mind spins with ideas, haha. 🙂

        I do enjoy it a lot! 😊 My favorite part is the first draft, spilling all the ideas on the page for the first time. It’s really exciting!

        I’m sure that you could do it! 🙂 Inspiration is everywhere. Beginning is the hardest part, which is why many times I’ll start at the middle or end and worry about the beginning later. XD It’s odd that sometimes it helps to write out of order. I remember one fan-fiction that I wrote the whole beginning and ending of and then had to go back and write the middle. It was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle during the editing process. 😂

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      6. Hm. I’ve never seen myself as a creative writing kind of person. I’m creative in other ways – musically, for instance – but I’ve never had a burden to tell a story. I don’t feel creative in that way, but who knows – maybe God has other plans. I’ll remain open to it, but it’s about all I can do to keep up with this blog! 😉

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      7. Oh, I see. 🙂 That’s really cool that you write music! I’ve tried that but I can’t seem to get a grasp on how to say when to hit the note, so there is no rhythm. XD Which is why the majority of the attempts at songwriting ended up being poems instead. 😂
        Well, every person is unique, right? Exactly what you said – perhaps God has other plans! 🙂
        LOL, I get that. I haven’t worked on writing projects as much lately for the same reason.

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