Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit
By Christopher J. H. Wright
How should Christians live? On the one hand, some very legalistic Christians stress the importance of keeping all the rules – that you must do this and never do that if you want to prove you are really a Christian. On the other hand, there are those who reject the whole idea of rules or traditions in the church and see the point of the Christian faith as setting us free from the institutionalized religious burden.
But Paul addresses these two competing views by showing us a far better way – a truly Christian way to live our lives. It is the way of the Spirit of God given to us through Christ: “Walk by the Spirit… led by the Spirit… live by the Spirit… keep in step with the Spirit.” That is the heart and soul of Christian living. It is the center and secret of what it means to be a person who belongs to Christ.
Pastor and scholar Christopher Wright invites us to live a life in step with the Spirit by cultivating the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These nine chapters, each addressing a different fruit, each conclude with questions for contemplation or discussion. Feed on the Word of God, grow in Christlikeness, and live a fruitful life.