《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control . . . Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Gal 5:22-25)
Meditation one: What kind of people can bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit? The life of those people who obey the Holy Spirit will naturally “bear” the fruit of the Holy Spirit – the spirit of holiness. This fruit of the spirit does not mean nine fruits of “love, joy, peace…”, but a single spiritual fruit contains nine rich tastes. This fruit of the spirit does not rely on “work-out”, or by imitation or deliberate fabrication. It is the good deeds of those who obey the Holy Spirit and have the Holy Spirit working in their hearts. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is not something people can “produce”, but can only be borne through the the Holy Spirit.
Meditation two: What is one of the crises that today’s Churches need to guard against? It is to abuse the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and even to manipulate the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It confines the power of the Holy Spirit to the speaking in tongues, the healing, the casting out demons, and the working of miracles. It only emphasizes the outcome of the spiritual gifts but discounts the process. In fact, the real gift of the Holy Spirit is not a phenomenon or expression of the outside, but a matter of whether bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit or not.
Prayer: Thank God for Your great love that saved me. Since I live by the Holy Spirit, I am willing to keep in step with the Holy Spirit in everything. In order to be in accordance with God’s will, in everything I do, I will neither quench the Holy Spirit, nor grieve the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill in me every moment, correct me, renew me, mold me, and make my life bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!