But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22 & 23
Who IS the Spirit… the Holy Spirit of God is part of the Holy Trinity. God is One, yet Three – and no, I don’t know how to explain it – but He is God, so He can be anyone! There is God the Father, God the Son (in flesh, Christ Jesus), and God the Spirit. When God the Son ascended into Heaven, He did not leave us completely alone to figure this life out for ourselves – He left us God the Holy Spirit. We know Him as the Comforter. As we study God’s Word, we learn that God’s Spirit brings us everything we need to navigate this crazy life. In this world that is increasingly filled with hate, we have God’s love; in a world filled with despair, we have God’s joy; in a world of wars and rumors of war, we have a deep settled peace that the world will never understand. God’s Spirit helps us muster up patience when most people in the world want to be anything but… and how mean can people get? God’s Spirit helps us be kind, good, faithful, gentle and exercise self-control.
Why would anyone not want that supernatural help??? Does this mean we’re perfect and will never mess up? Well, sadly – no. I’m never going to be perfect. There are circumstances in this world that make me downright angry, but that’s when I have to remember that everything works for good and God has everything under control. The enemy of my soul knows how to push buttons that make my temper flare, but that’s when I have to re-focus on Jesus and remember His sacrifice so that I can live – and I want to live with the attributes or fruits of His Spirit.
Aren’t we thankful that our Savior did not leave us alone? I sure am! Speaking for myself, I need all the HELP I can get… and God’s Holy Spirit gives me all the HELP I’ll ever need. He’s so perfect and righteous and Holy. He makes my life so much better and I need Him every minute of every day. It doesn’t make me weak – it makes me smart. 🙂