As we move into the season of Autumn we begin to see rich crops of grain, vegetables and fruit ready for harvesting. In Growth Groups during the first months of Autumn, we are looking at another type of fruit – the Fruit of the Spirit, which God encourages us to display in our daily lives.
The Bible tells us that we reap what we sow. In a garden, if we want to grow tomatoes we don’t plant bean seeds and if we want to harvest apples we don’t plant a plum tree, and it’s the same in the Spirit. If we want to be treated with love and kindness we have to develop the Fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, all of which are encompassed in love and show that same love to others. The Bible tells us that God’s love has been poured into our hearts, unconditional, with no strings attached and it is that kind of love that God wants us to have for everyone.
The Apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that whoever sows generously will reap generously. The size of the harvest is determined by the number of seeds we sow. If we are generous, which can be expressed by giving our time, talents and resources, we will always reap generously. We do not sow for personal reward but for the blessing of knowing that we have made a difference in someone’s life