This Fruit of the Spirit 5 Minute Devotional will help you focus on what God thinks is important. It serves as a spiritual health check up.
Fruit of the Spirit 5 Minute Devotional
Let me ask you a question. Are you spiritually healthy? How can you assess your spiritual health anyway?
You go to the doctor to find out how your blood sugar is doing or your weight or heart. You can check your credit report to find out if your finances are okay. It might be a little bit harder to see if your marriage is healthy or not. Maybe you can assess it based on how few fights you have. Maybe you are romantic with your spouse. Perhaps you are kind and courteous.
But how do you assess spiritual health?
We talk about seasons of life. Are you in an overwhelming crazy season? Maybe you have multiple kids under 5 in the house. Perhaps you just received a disappointing diagnosis from your doctor. Or it could be that you forgot where you put your keys and you just scoured the house for 10 minutes only to discover them in the door.
These are the kinds of things that can chip away at our spiritual health. If we don’t assess our spiritual health though, just like with physical, emotional, financial, and other areas of our life, it can easily erode and weaken. Physically you can see evidence of that. As you approach mid life it’s harder to lose weight, your skin is not as vibrant as it used to be, your hair is turning gray.
Fortunately for us, God has given us a check up. A check up, checklist for our spiritual health. This check up is the fruit of the Spirit. God says, ‘Hey, pay attention to these nine attributes. These are the fruit of the Spirit. They can give you the heart check that you need.’
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such things there is no law.
Heart check. That’s what they are. If you are doing well at love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control, guess what you are pretty spiritually healthy. It’s a pretty tall order though.
I don’t know about you, but usually I can only master a few of these qualities at the same time. I never fully have a grasp on all of them. That’s okay. You constantly strive to do better.
Fruit of the Spirit 5 Minute Devotional
1. Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
2. I Corinthians 13:1-2
If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing.
3. Psalms 118:24
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
4. Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
5. Galatians 6:9
Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don’t give up.
6. Acts 20:35
In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring you ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
7. Romans 12:21
Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
8. Deuteronomy 5:32-33
You shall observe to do therefore as Yahweh your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk in all the way which Yahweh your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.
9. Isaiah 40:11
He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
He will gather the lambs in his arm,
and carry them in his bosom.
He will gently lead those who have their young.
10. I Corinthians 9:25
Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.
Wrap Up and Thought Questions:
- How can you tell the difference between a tree that is healthy and a tree that’s diseased?
- Both trees seem fine on the outside, but there are clues. Sometimes subtle clues. How can you tell the difference?
- How can you tell the difference on the outside between somebody who is healthy spiritually and somebody who is not?
- Why do you think it is so important to periodically perform a spiritual checkup?