Children and grandchildren are a concrete, visible sign of fruit in the lives of parents.Obviously, it’s not only my parents or even parents in general- we all are producing fruit that can be seen.However, we rarely take the time to reflect and think about the type of fruit our lives are producing.This is unfortunate because our spiritual well-being is directly related to the type of fruit we produce.Some fruit is good and some are not but we need to be aware that our lives are producing fruit each and every day.I suppose the question we need to ask I the fruit we produce is ripe or spoiled.Is it a sweet orange or a sour lemon?
In Galatians, Saint Paul writes about the difference between good and bad fruit- a fruit of the flesh versus fruit of the Spirit.It’s significant that we give reflection to this.The fruit our lives produce can be seen, and the fruit our life produces impacts everyone from our mailman, grocery clerk, friends, children, and spouse.
If you are known by your fruit, then what do people know about you?
Also, our fruit can be a type of measure for our spiritual growth.
Often people come to me feeling stuck in their faith life and don’t feel like they are making any progress. I often ask them how one measures spiritual growth and progress.
“Is there an app for that?”
“Is there something that allows you to take yo
spiritual temperature or measure your growth?”
“A divine dipstick?”
One of the ways we can determine if we a growing in the spiritual life is by the fruit. I begin asking them about the type of fruit their spiritual is producing.
If you want to see how you are growing in spiritual life or determine “how you are doing” take a look at the fruit of your life. Is your life produce more fruit of the flesh or of the Spirit? The two radically opposed to each other and only that of Spirit leads us closer to God.
Saint Paul writes that the desires of the flesh opposed to those of the Spirit (Gal 5:18). Anyone who has ever tried to diet, exercise, or go to a movie without consuming a trough of popcorn knows to be true. “Why do I do the things I don’t want to do and don’t do the things that I want?”
We all live with this tension. The flesh, the body, has desires; some of them are good and necessary such as the desire for nourishment or food. When Saint Paul is addressing the desires of the flesh this isn’t the type of which he speaks. Rather, the desires of the flesh are destructive, disordered, and ultimately lead us away from Christ. Paul says very clearly that the desires of the flesh are against those of the Spirit and the ability to recognize this conflict is God’s grace.
For some people, just realizing that there is this tension, or this battle between the flesh and the Spirit, is transformative. This tension that exists between the Spirit and the flesh is just that, a tension. I’ve met people who think that if they were holy enough they would not have to deal with this tension or any temptation. The truth is that the tension one experiences does not mean that a person is bad or not Necking God. Simply because we have desires that tWell1 to be at odds with God’s will does not make us kid. It only brings into light the struggle in which We find ourselves. How we respond to these desires: now, that’s the issue!
This excerpt is taken from the Book “Breath of God”