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According to Galatians, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control and when were last together we talked about the value of encouragement for helping establish a foundation for these fruits to grow.
It takes an investment – and you can’t grow up the fruit of the Spirit if all of your efforts go into learning the genealogy of the characters on the latest television fad. I know, that hurts me too because who doesn’t enjoy a good streaming weekend now and then, but we have to make the choices that will launch us from where we are to where we want to be.
That only happens if we are willing to take the action to make it happen.
If you want to have a fruitful life then you will have to make the choices to prepare the way to grow up fruit in your life.
5 Steps to Growing Fruit
- Just do it – you will have to take the action to get things done and it will have to be more than movement. You can be moving and going and doing without getting anything done in purpose or on purpose. Determine to take the purposeful action that aligns with God’s Law and God’s commands.
- Choose the useful things – just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do something. It’s important to understand your uniqueness and how you are designed to pursue your uniqueness. Once you make that distinction you should choose the things that move you in that uniqueness towards your purpose. If it doesn’t move you towards your purpose then let it go.
- Develop a weeding habit – it’s important to protect what you put into your life, and to focus on the useful things. Sometimes things that aren’t a benefit slip past the barriers you’ve set up. Or you come into contact with things that you have planted in the past that no longer belong. You have to dig up the bad and in some instances exchange it for the good.
- Avoid idle while embracing quiet – it is one thing to be still and listen, but quite a different one to stall out and quit. You need to find time to slow down and listen to the directions of God, but when you get caught in the idle moments you risk losing your momentum.
- Plan for the harvest – because a harvest always comes about from the actions you take. You have to be prepared to take advantage of what you’ve planted when it comes time. The more you understand your actions and the purpose for your actions the more prepared you can be for the harvest.
Planting a garden starts before the seeds become a part of the process. Growing up a life overflowing with the fruit of the Spirit needs to start before you want the harvest – or now. Whichever point in time is available.
It takes action, but when you invest in the actions that lead to the fruit of the spirit you create a Proverbs Life of purpose and possibility.
Ready for the Proverbs Life?
Practical Proverbs offers 8 steps for growing up the Proverbs Life of peace and joy. We celebrate it’s release on May 12th to honor my mother’s birthday and to honor mothers everywhere for Mother’s Day.
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