I have been reading Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan. If you have never read any of Chan’s books they are always very easy to read as well as being very hard hitting.
In the book Chan is getting us to reconsider how much of a force the Holy Spirit is in our lives. Here is the section that has challenged me the most:
“You are most likely familiar with the “fruit passage” in Galatians 5, which says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (vv. 22–23 NIV). You may even have the list memorized. But look over those traits right now and ask yourself if you possess each to a supernatural degree. Do you exhibit more kindness and faithfulness than the Mormons you know? Do you have more self-control than your Muslim friends? More peace than Buddhists? More joy than atheists? If GOD truly lives in you, shouldn’t you expect to be different from everyone else?”
They are great questions aren’t they? If God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, resides in us shouldn’t we be more like God? Shouldn’t we exhibit the Fruits of the Spirit more?
What Fruits of the Spirit do you want to see made more manifest in your life?
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