Last Updated on December 31, 2016 by Jenny Pena
Scripture for Spiritual Growth
Life is full of distractions, obstacles, trauma, hardships which make it just so difficult to stay in Spirit! I’m only talking about myself…a mom, with healthy children, a strong marriage, no apparent difficulties. But yes many, many daily trials! Because no, motherhood, marriage and life are not easy. So here is Scripture for Spiritual growth, mainly, producing fruits of the Spirit in your daily life.
I also share this for those of you who are going through trials than merely the daily troubles. My sisters who have children with disabilities, who have been homeless, who have struggling relationships, who are losing hope to the point that remaining in Spirit is the last thing on your mind.
It’s a spiritual battle as you well know, so let’s fight to stay in Spirit. In this post I’m sharing with you Christ’s words on the matter of the fruits of the Spirit. I pray this will encourage and inspire you in your daily Walk in this Way.
First identify the fruits of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Now that weve identified these 9 fruits Paul tells us about in Galatians, meditate on them and ask yourself the following questions:
Which do you see in yourself?
Which are you lacking?
How have you displayed the fruits in the past? How are you able to display the current fruits? What does it look like in your everyday?
What things can you put in place to work on the fruits you’re struggling with?
Let’s read Christ’s words on the matter:
What did Christ teach about bearing fruit? The following are scripture of Spiritual growth in the words of Christ:
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Christ’s words on Love:
Luke 6:32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
What about Joy?
John16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Christ tells us about peace:
Mark 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Matthew 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Christ tells us about good fruit:
Luke 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
What about faith?
Matthew 21:21 Christ answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Matthew11: 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
And lastly, temperance:
Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
I picked one verse from Christ per Spiritual fruit, some had many more than others. So I invite you to open the scriptures yourself. Find precepts that will lift you up, that speak to you and your situation directly. What Scripture for Spiritual growth have helped you? I know The Most High is waiting to fill you with His Truth, Wisdom and Love.
Please comment and tell me about your experience. I’d love to hear from you and join you in prayer. May The Most High bless you!