There’s a supermarket near where I live, where I often go to buy food. As you come in, there’s a basket full of apples, bananas and pears, and above it is a sign: “Free Fruit for Kids.” Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22–23 that God gives free fruit to his children as well.
Although everyone is given different spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8–10,29–31), every follower of Jesus receives the fruit of the Spirit, without distinction. After writing about the spiritual gifts, Paul says that there is something even better:
I will show you the most excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31),
Then Paul goes on to write about the supreme importance of love, which is part of the fruit of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 13:13).
The problem with the Corinthian church was that they were giving more importance to the gifts of the Spirit than to the fruit. We must be careful not to make the same mistake. (1 Corinthians 13:3)
The gifts of the Spirit are wonderful! However, the fruit is even better. The fruit is given to every follower of Jesus, and it is the fruit that distinguishes a Christian from a non-Christian (John 13:35). And best of all, it’s free!
What are the things that you have tried to do in the past to change your character? The fruit of the Spirit is free. It comes automatically when you receive Jesus. Are you enjoying it?
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