Today I’d like to discuss how we can evangelize and influence others just by walking with the fruits of the spirit.
The other day I had an interesting conversation with my sister who is an atheist. we don’t often discuss religion but the other day we were chatting and she suddenly out of nowhere she asks me what it’s like to go to church so I told her church is amazing, and having a relationship with God is the best decision I ever made, so I asked her why she was asking and her response was because you’ve changed, you not angry anymore, you actually happy and you the only 1 in the family who goes to church. I don’t see my sister very often as she lives in Joburg but for the first time ever my family are noticing positive changes in me. I realised that the way we behave has more impact on people than preaching or quoting scripture.
Making changes is not easy, especially if we have always behaved or acted in certain ways, it takes time, it takes work and prayer and determination to live better. Knowing how to live is really important. By knowing and applying the fruits of the spirit in our lives the changes start becoming automatic, we become more conscious of our actions.
So what are the fruits of the spirit found in Galatians 5:22:23?
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Top of the list is love:
We are not called to only love those closest to us, we are called to love like Jesus did, to love everyone, even our enemies which is really not easy to do but when we learn to love even those who hurt us it impacts their lives more than ours.
So walking with Joy means we live every moment to its fullest, we enjoy life, we become a person others want to be around, we stop complaining about life and start loving life. When we walk with Joy without even knowing it we make others feel good.
Walking with Peace means no matter what our circumstances we can walk with our heads high, we walk in confidence because we know God is in control, when we walk with peace we don’t get agitated or feel frustrated or let our emotions overwhelm us.
With but having patience means we know how to wait on Gods timing, we don’t rush blindly into things, having patience also helps our self-control.
Kindness seems to be so old fashioned now days, a simple act of kindness can change a person’s day and costs nothing to do.
Is being a person of integrity, being honest and compassionate towards others even when we don’t think we should.
Being Faithful is very important and it’s something people notice, being faithful means being loyal and committed to what’s important in your life, being faithful to God, church and your family shows others what you stand for, and gives others a reason to respect you.
Gentleness goes hand in hand with loving others, having patience and self-control, especially when reprimanding someone, especially our children. –
Self – Control
Being slow to anger, no matter the situation, learning to control our temper is so important – words said in anger can last a life time. Having Self – control over our bodies is just as important – it takes self-control to give up any addiction and say no when tempted.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)
Used with Permission : Lorette Olivier