Paul told the Christians in Thessalonica that the “God of peace himself” would sanctify them completely, giving them the power to become like Christ in every facet of their lives. God’s Spirit will do this work in you too, helping you in your journey, and growing the fruit of the Spirit in your life. When Jesus comes looking for fruit, he looks for ways you extend his witness in the world, and he looks for ways in which your character is transformed into his likeness. He’s looking to see if you exhibit the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Imagine how your life might be different if you had a new infusion of these qualities. Choose one, and pray that God would begin to grow it in your life.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.