May 28, 2023

Impact of the Spirit

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”—Galatians 5:22–23 ESV

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the day we remember how the disciples were first filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4). It was the birth of the church. They would be amazed by how the Spirit would change their lives.

His presence was so powerful they could preach life-changing messages (Acts 4:8–12). Their prayers could shake buildings (Acts 4:31). They could perform mighty miracles (Acts 1:8). They could speak with supernatural boldness (Acts 4:13), not because of their skills but because of the Spirit’s presence.

The Bible describes how the Spirit changes our character. His presence enables us to bear His fruit and be filled with otherworldly love and joy. We can be overwhelmed with peace. Because of the Spirit, we can be patient even when this seems unnatural. We can be faithful in our relationships and trustworthy in our assignments. We are kind and gentle even when others seem unpleasant.

How do we experience these characteristics? They are a byproduct of His presence. When we are filled with the Spirit, we think His thoughts and feel His emotions. Consider the difference made by the Spirit; He can make the same impact in your life. Don’t strive, but wait on Him.

Surrender your life anew to the Lordship of Jesus. Seek to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Wait on Him. Trust Him to change you, empower you, and produce His fruit in you.

Reflection Question: Which fruit of the Spirit do you struggle with and how can you improve it?

Father, I seek a genuine change in my life. Fill me with Your Spirit. May the fruit of the Spirit flow from me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Galatians 5