Have you taken a look at the list of the fruits of the flesh? I hadn't really taken much thought to it until lately. Compare to those of the spirit I can only imagine how black, ugly and disgusting the juice made out those fruits would be. Its looks as though the more and the darker these fruits are illustrates the difficulty that we as humans face in making sure we don't harbor these fruits in our blender.
You ask what our blenders are? With my illustration, we are our blenders. Are bodies, our hearts, our minds---all our blenders. So yes when we look out of our windows on those bright sunny days and we see bodies--we see blenders. But most of the time, we cant really tell the fruits people all have in their blenders by just mere sight. Sometimes the blenders have to be open for you to perceive the stench or the aroma of that blended juice. Also there might be those that have that great sweet smelling aroma but the moment you taste that juice is the moment you spit it out because you were deceived by the look or smell. In cases like these, you meet people, first conversation you admire their ways and later into the relationship you begin to see other awful ways of such people or you begin to see how they handle situations and by then you figure out and say to yourself "THIS JUICE IS JUST SO BITTER".
Are you the kind of person that carries bad fruits in your blender, coated with some sugar? Or the kind that carries bad fruits even with no sugar at all?
But hey we can't wake up one morning and all of a sudden have good fruits in us, because facing the fact, we notice that having the fruits of the spirit(good fruits) is not as easy but definitely profitable because in Galatians 5:22 it guarantees us the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven, what could be me profitable than that?. Galatians 5 verse 16 "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh" and 1 Peter 2:11 "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;" explains that having these fruits are like waging a war, its either you have the good fruits or the bad ones, there is really not a gray line in this issue, you cant gratify both your flesh and at same time please God by being in the spirit because YOU ARE SO NO SUPERMAN! :-)
Now we may ask, how is it really possible to be able to fulfil all of these, that is to live in the spirit, and this must have been the same attitude the disciples had when they asked Jesus in Matthew 19: 25-26, "Who then can be saved?" and Jesus' reply was " With men this is impossible but with God all things are possible". So there we have it, its is not by our power or strength that we stay away from those long list of fruits of the flesh, it is through God, and if you don't believe that then you are SO on a long thing!
So its all by the grace of God, with grace being the ability to do what we wont be ordinarily able to do (I am such a huge fan of this particular definition of grace) and never forget who God gives this grace to; THE HUMBLE. So you cant be proud, overestimating your power and underestimating God's and expect to receive this grace--Be humble and ask for this grace to help your juice to look good, smell good and taste good!
Fruits of the spiritStay blessed
- long suffering
- revellings, and such like
Preserve your Saltiness