“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22–23 (KJV)
Paying attention to what people say about you will tell you the kind of fruit you are bearing. Our actions speak louder than our words, and the recipients of our actions should not be taken for granted. As children of God, our actions are the seeds we sow into the lives of other people (Galatians 6:7–8). If our actions proceed from the Word of God and are guided by the Holy Spirit, then they are good seeds that will bear the fruit of the Spirit.
Beloved, what are people saying about you? It is good to have a good opinion about yourself, but never discount the things other people say about you, especially close friends, and relatives. If we are doing good to people, they will be the better judge of our actions, so the tendency for them to shower praise on us is high (1 Samuel 18:7). On the contrary, if the recipients of our actions can only resent, criticize, and insult us, then we are not bearing the fruit of the Spirit.
Beloved, the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, longsuffering or patience, gentleness or kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness or humility, and temperance or self-control—are in our spirits, so it shouldn’t be difficult to bear them. Love yourself for who God created you to be and be at peace with yourself as you fellowship with the Word of God and with the Holy Spirit daily. Then relate with people in this atmosphere daily as well, and people will testify of the goodness in you. Remember that some people will take advantage of you, but do not stop showing people love and God will trust you and entrust lots of blessing to you. Hallelujah! Glory to God!
Prayer Point: My righteous Father, I’m so thankful for you living in me. Let me never get tired of showing people love even if some take advantage of it to hurt me. Let the fruit of your Spirit continually manifest through me for many generations to enjoy to the glory of your name, in Jesus’ name. Amen!