The Bible talks about the fruit of the spirit. Are you living by it? Here is a 30-day challenge yourself with these five ways for showing the fruit of the spirit in your life by your actions, thoughts, and words.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”
–Galatians 5:22 (ESV)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”
–Galatians 5:22 (KJV)
In the above verses, the apostle Paul gives us the qualities or “fruits” that the Holy Spirit produces and faithful believers of God and Jesus Christ.
Paul gives us a repetition of this idea in the following.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,”
– Colossians 3:12 (ESV)
As a believer, do you demonstrate these qualities in your daily life? Here is a challenge.
Over the next 30 days, challenge yourself with purposely demonstrating at least 5 of the qualities listed in the above verses as “fruits of the spirit” in your thoughts, actions, or words toward others. Do this at least once for each of the five fruits of the spirit you select.
Here are some examples to help guide you. Bonus points if you challenge yourself with all seven.
Show love to someone in your life or even a stranger you encounter. Do this without being asked or prompted. It can be a loving word, gesture, or offering loving support by listening or being good company.
Find a way to bring joy to someone, whether it is making them smile, laugh, surprising them with an unexpected gift, or whatever you can think of to make someone else happy.
Is there a quarrel between two parties, you know? Can you take action to bring peace to the situation? Do you have a quarrel with someone? Can you be the first one to offer forgiveness and bring peace to the situation?
There are several ways you can challenge your patience. Is there a difficult person you have to deal with in your life? Challenge yourself to be more patient with this person. Are there situations in your life that try your patience? Challenge yourself to let go of irritation.
Challenge yourself to commit a random act of kindness. There are many ways this can be done. Pay for the person’s meal in line behind you. Offer to help clear snow from an elderly person’s driveway or to do yard work. Give money to those who beg. There are endless possibilities.
The biblical definition of goodness means to be holy, pure, and righteous. Therefore, goodness can be defined as godliness. Challenge yourself to police your thoughts, words, and actions and align them with godliness.
Are you praying daily? The Bible encourages us to pray always. Billy Graham says he literally prayed all day long. Pray for others. Read the Bible daily. Challenge yourself to learn something new in the Bible.