Typically, when one thinks about a diet The word “restriction” comes to mind. You cannot have this. You cannot have that. You cannot eat anything! Well, I am here to tell you there is one diet that is not restrictive, but plentiful! That diet is of the fruit of the Spirit. Let’s look a little closer.
In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul writes this about the fruit of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
This fruit is nutritionally dense and will satisfy the soul who eats of it . . . if only it were just a matter of literally eating a piece of fruit. When looking at the specific manifestations of the fruit it can be overwhelming to know in reality what it means. This is spiritual fruit, and it fights our flesh daily if we do not walk in the Spirit, or allow Him control.
If we live by the Spirit, let us walk by the Spirit. Galatians 5:25a
Love. Love is a great thing, but in my flesh I do not love like I should. Peace. I love having peace, as well. In my flesh I am not peaceful. Self-control. I cannot do this one either on my own. Again, in my flesh I am the opposite of every element of the spiritual fruit! Insert Jesus. Take a deep breath and remember this is why Jesus came for us (the Hallelujah chorus just started playing in my head – search it if you are unfamiliar with the song. You will enjoy it!
Only being in Christ and through the Holy Spirit’s power, can I daily feed on this fruit and gain more than just nutritional value for my physical body. This fruit is from the Spirit and far greater than earthly things.
Continuing further in Galatians 5:25,
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Let’s add more to the “things I cannot do” list – – – conceit, provoking one another, envying! Are you guilty too? I am and know I cannot do this on my own. Have you thought the same thing before? Have you ever “thrown in the towel” and said I cannot do this? If so, I have great news for you! You do not have to do it on your own AND you cannot do it on your own. It is only God’s work through Jesus on the cross, His resurrection, and sending us a Helper, the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-22). Glory! Again, insert the Hallelujah chorus!
My friends, we do not have to have it all together. We do not have to be perfect. God does not expect that from us. He loves us so much that He gave us His Son to die for us that we may live with Him, in Him, and through Him in this world (John 3:16; Romans 8:1-17)
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:15
To bear fruit, we must be in the vine, Jesus. Apart from that vine, we can do nothing. We cannot love fully, have true joy, peace, patience, or any of the other qualities of the Spirit if we have not accepted Jesus. All of that comes from Him! Living in the flesh is death, but the Spirit is life (Romans 8:13). So, with that, eat all the fruit you want!
I am not a nutritionist, dietitian, or licensed in anyway for dietary advise. This is not intended to provide real food diet information – – -only as an example to draw us closer to Jesus.
About the Writer:
Jourdan has been a member of FBD for 11 years and sings in the Celebration Choir. She works as a full-time physical therapist and has a heart for medical missions. She loves encouraging others in the Lord and smiling.