by Pastor Mark Shupe
My first recollection of eating any kind of fruit happened when I was a kid at my grandmother’s house. I noticed she had a nice-looking bowl of fruit on the counter and I grabbed a delicious looking banana and took a bite. But my teeth made no penetration into the banana and I quickly discovered it was plastic! The trauma of that experience might explain why I did not care much for fruit growing up.
As I progressed through childhood, my mother insisted my fruit of choice change from the fake plastic variety to canned fruit cocktail. I pretty much consumed that kind of fruit until I spent a summer in Thailand in 1988 where I had my first experience eating the fresh, luscious, and juicy fruit from a street vendor’s stand. What a noticeable difference when I experienced the real thing – fruit as it was meant to be enjoyed and experienced.
The Bible reminds us there is a fruit that is even sweeter, tastier, and more luscious that God wants to offer to each of us – a fruit that will enrich our lives and improve the quality of our relationships. That is the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23
Consider more closely each piece of fruit:
Observations about this fruit:
How to grow good fruit: