Sometimes I have a better opinion of myself than I should.
Sometimes I fail to see my own shortcomings, but when I really look at the fruits of the Spirit, and meditate on how they appear in my life, I notice a few things. This isn’t about self-bashing, but it is about looking realistically at what others may see as I interact with them each day.
Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Love. Disrespect falls short of love. Check out those attitudes toward others, and maybe those Facebook posts.
Joy. Pessimism falls short of joy. How do I look at each day?
Peace. Persistent anxiety fall short of peace. Do I accept as normal a constant state of unrest?
Longsuffering/Patience. Curtness falls short of patience. How did I react in that WalMart line?
Gentleness/Kindness. Harshness falls short of gentleness. Does my tone of voice reflect gentleness? Do I choose kindness over getting my own way?
Goodness. Self absorption and selfish motives fall short of goodness. Who exactly do most of my thoughts and actions center on? What motives drive my actions?
Faith. Worry falls short of faith. Do I really believe that God is in control and that He wants the best for me?
Meekness. Arrogance falls short of meekness. Am I teachable?
Temperance/Self Control. Gluttony and addiction fall short of temperance. I may not be an alcoholic, but did I really need that chocolate bar and Little Debbie cake?
Father, Check Your fruit in my life today. Cleanse me from the rotten fruit that I produce, and make me fruitful for You.