When the Tree Changes; the Fruit Does!
An amazing thing happened to me when I asked God to fill me with His Spirit. For all intents and purposes, I became a new person. The desires of my heart changed. The direction of my life changed. The discipline of my life changed. My ability to walk in a consistent, Christ-like way changed immediately. As we look at scripture, this all makes sense. We were warned by Paul in Galatians that our flesh and our spirit are always at war.
In other words, when we walk a life minus the Holy Spirit, we can expect a life filled with bad choices and a life led by fleshly decisions. The list of Galatians 5 is pretty clear. When we are not led by the spirit, stuff like adultery, fornication, dissension, envy, and drunkenness rule our lives. When we are led by the Spirit, the list changes completely.
The Bible says that when we are filled with the Spirit that our lives are marked with having the “fruit of the spirit” in our lives. The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. In other words, when we are marked and filled with the Spirit of God, we begin to exhibit the nature of God.
We start loving