But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Before I pickup where I left off on the Book of Proverbs, I need to build on what I wrote yesterday. Without question, we are to have evidence of all the nine qualities listed in Galatians. But most of us know our strengths and weaknesses, probably more than we care to admit. Some of those qualties are much easier for us to apply than others. We don’t have to work on it at all. There are others, however, that just go against the grain of our beings. Take a look at that list again and go through them one by one. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Which are middle of the road?
For this next exercise you will be using the final quality on that list: self-control. Let’s face it, we gravitate towards the easy and the “road most traveled.” Naturally, you will want to work on your strengths. But if we are to cultivate a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and bear fruit of the Holy Spirit, we have to choose the quality we know for certain we are weak at. What is it for you? By the way, if you’re stumped and really don’t know what your strengths and weaknesses are from this list, ask your spouse or a good friend to help you. They see you in a different way than you see yourself.
Lastly, we need to rely on the Holy Spirit to help us in these areas. We cannot do it on our own. Simply put, if we could do it on our own, we wouldn’t need Him. Daily, hourly even, ask for HIs help in cultivating that quality. Even this daily/hourly conversation will bear great fruit. As a reader commented yesterday, memorize verses that relate to that quality. Remember you are not merely working on a weakness; you are asking the Holy Spirit to work through you with a quality that will bring fruit into your life.
That’s powerful stuff.