Bear Much Fruit | Bible Journaling

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“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.” (Gal. 5:22-23)

It’s another Fruit of the Spirit entry.  I’ve truly enjoyed my study of this section of scripture.  It is so full!  I have some blog posts on other some other sites too if you’d like to check them out.

Grow Good Fruit

God’s Fruity Law

Fruit of the Spirit Mini-Book

Lately, I’ve been working so hard at my job, extremely long hours, giving all that I have and more, that I feel completely depleted of energy.  It is easy to become irritable and snappy when you’re that tired and drained.  Bearing fruit?  My fruit has been pretty rotten, I’m afraid.  That’s because I haven’t been drawing from the Spirit.

fullsizeoutput_4b6Sure, I’ve been having my morning devotion time; but it has been rushed and shallow.  When that happens, it’s hard to walk in the Spirit throughout the day.  I need to slow down–if not in time, in attitude. I need to savor the sweet Spirit, and then the sweet fruit IMG_0085of the Spirit will emanate from me throughout the day.  Only then can I bear His fruit.

For this page, I was inspired by the design on a bottle of Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mist.  Don’t be afraid to use patterns and designs that you like, even if they come from random places!  I recreated the design on my Bible page by two-step stamping, using Sweet’n Sassy Stamps “Fruit of the Spirit” stamp set, distress oxide inks, and Ranger Letter-It Embossing Kit.  I have a process video on my YouTube channel where you can see how the whole page came together (see the link below).

How do you slow down and savor your time with the Spirit?  Share a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Julie

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Stamp Shammy Cleaner 

Ranger Letter It Embossing Kit

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Love: The Main Fruit

ACS_0253Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness…  I bet you could finish this list.  Commonly known as the Fruit of the Spirit, found in Galatians 5:22-23.  When we walk in the Spirit, allowing Him to control our lives, we produce these fruit.  It’s a simple (albeit not-so-simple) cause-effect relationship.  Spirit leads, fruit grows.

There are nine fruits listed.  Are they listed in order of importance?  I don’t believe so, because self-control, the last one, is an extremely important fruit.  It’s not like on the jelly jar where the ingredients are listed in order of prevalence.  However, I do believe that love is listed first for a reason.

Notice how it says the “fruit” not “fruits”. Fruit is one of those words that can be singular or plural.  I once heard a pastor, and I’m sorry but I have no idea who it was, who said that the fruit of the Spirit is love, and that all the other eight fruit listed are just a part of the description of love.  I’m not so sure if I’d go that far, but I will agree with this:  love is the main fruit.  For an explanation, let’s look at 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter.

In this chapter, Paul describes true, godly, spiritual love.  The first Spirit fruit listed in Galatians 5.  We can discover all the other eight fruit of the Spirit in verses 4-8.

Love is patient (patience) and kind (kindness); love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude (gentleness). It does not insist on its own way (self-control); it is not irritable (peace) or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing (goodness), but rejoices (joy) with the truth. (faithfulness) Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

Some of these fruit, I believe, could fit in multiple places, but I simply listed the most obvious connections to me.  Love can be described by all the other fruit.  True, godly love will show joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Therefore, if we WERE examining a jar of “Fruit of the Spirit Jelly” (preserves, jam, spread, whatever your preference), love WOULD be the first ingredient!

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I made this page using the July Faith Art Box from Creative Retreat Kits, as well as the free coordinating printable that is available in the Creative Retreat Facebook Insiders Group.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you can “spread God’s love” around some today!