There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of studies on the fruit of the spirit, what it means, what it looks like, how to grow it - but in my heart of hearts, I knew God was prompting me to create this study to be about something different. And here it is: it's about how all these fruits of our spiritual life combine to create something amazing, far superior to the sum of the parts.
That's why as I was choosing a suitable graphic to launch this brand new Bible study on the fruit of the spirit for our live She31 Bible Study group, the pie caught my eye. Sure, there are lots of pictures of fruit itself, but there was something about the fact that this fruit was grown, harvested, cleaned up, mixed and combined, baked and served up ready to enjoy.. that caught my imagination as I was praying through the study content.
When we think about the 'fruit' of the Spirit in our lives, what comes to mind are all the behaviours we believe we should develop in order to be a 'good' Christian. We want to be loving, kind, patient and so on because, well, it's nice to be nice! Galatians 5 explains that it will soon be clear whether we are following Christ, or our own desires, because of the fruit, the evidence that develops in our lives. The fruit is not something we can conjure up through a desire to be good, or holy or pleasing to God ~ rather it is the natural, inevitable outcome of a life soaked in the will and presence of God.
Godliness comes from spending time with God. Christlikeness comes from obeying His teachings. Spiritual fruit comes from allowing the Spirit to do that deep, deep work in us that truly and significantly changes us from the very roots up. As we submit to His perfect will, He clears the debris away, washes away the dirt we come through, He nurtures and sustains us, He brings the right people at the right time along side us to create something of a rainbow of taste and colour. The result is a fruity, sweet, delicious, satisfying life filled to the brim and overflowing with good things.
This brand new Bible Study on the Fruit Of The Spirit has been designed for busy women just like you who want to strengthen your walk with God but simply don't have hours to spend on Study! We have done the leg work for you - all you need to do is grab your Bible, journal and book a date with God for about 20 minutes per session to benefit from this online study! By the end of these 9 sessions, you're going to feel refreshed, empowered and inspired again!
If you're ready to fill your life with the fruit of the Spirit.. join our LIVE study throughout May in our private Facebook Group here!