Old Folks and Fruit (Matthew Corbitt)
The fruit of the Spirit doesn't instantly come as soon as you get the Holy Ghost, or maybe it's just that way for me. I'm filled with the Holy Ghost, but still have plenty of faults that I need to work on.. The fruit of the spirit is something that will only be produced by constant care of a certain relationship, that is, between me and the Holy Ghost.
Too often I wonder why I'm not as kind and long suffering as I should be. “I've got the Holy Ghost, why am I not more patient?”The simple answer is that we have to let the “fruit tree” which is our relationship with God, grow. It requires constant care, through prayer, fasting and the reading of the Bible. This relational care is what will make the difference between a thriving orchard and one that is on life support. Simply put, and to take a quote from Bro. Mooney, “Water the flowers and pull the weeds... And don't get that mixed up!”