Fruit of the Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit

I was reading in the Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional and read a great reminder of how to keep our recovery on track.  The comments are based on Galatians 5:22-23. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

“In recovery and in life, how do we know we are making progress?  The best way is to check ourselves daily to see if the fruit of the Spirit can be seen in our lives.  At the end of the day, we should ask ourselves these questions:

Was I loving toward anyone today?  Did anyone see God’s love in my life?  If so, how?  If not, why not?  Was I joyful today?  How did I respond in situations that tested my joy?  How is my serenity?  Did I allow anything to steal my peace?  Was I patient with others today?  Did anything cause me to lose my patience?  How kind was I today?  Did I act in an unkind way toward anyone?  Could I describe this day as “good”?  Have I demonstrated God’s goodness to others?  How was my faith today?  Did I act unfaithfully?  How was my gentleness?  If I needed to have a confrontation, was I gentle?  How was my self control?  Did I give in to something instead of standing firm?

Answering these questions might take some time at first, but soon they will become second nature to us, inspiring godly behavior and healthy habits.”

What a great way to keep our recovery on course! ~ Marion