March 26, 2018
The Bible says the fruit of the spirit is “longsuffering.” I’ll tell you one thing about fruit—you will never see a fruit factory. Isn’t that right? You’ll see a shirt factory, but you see a fruit orchard. You see, there is no fruit without life. You cannot manufacture patience.
The fruit of the Spirit is patience. And the same Bible that says in Galatians 5:22 “The fruit of the Spirit is…patience,” says a few verses later, “if we live in the Spirit, let’s walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).
The only way that fruit is going to ripen and grow is in the right climate. You can’t grow bananas in Alaska. And friend, you’re not going to grow and produce the fruit of the Spirit unless you are walking in the Spirit in the right climate. You’re never a failure until you quit. And you’ll never have patience until you abide in the Spirit.
Lastly, you don’t produce that fruit, you bear it. Jesus said, “You abide in Me; let My word abide in you.” (John 15:4-7). And then you will be fruitful.