God gives us various gifts to use, but He gives us the fruit of the Spirit to develop. When the Holy Spirit lives inside us, we have everything He has. His fruit is in us. The seed has been planted. In order to use the gifts in the most powerful way that God desires, we must allow the seed of the fruit to grow up and mature in us by cultivating it.
We can cultivate all the fruit by focusing on love, the first in the list of the nine fruit, and self-control, the last on the list. Love and self-control are like bookends that hold the rest in place. All of the fruit issue from love and actually are a form of love, but they are kept in place by self-control.
Secrets to Exceptional Living, Joyce Meyer
Friday, February 8, 2008