The devotion for my Bible study I got today in my email:
Changed by the Spirit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23,HCSB).
God wants you to live beyond yourself. Sound like a daunting task? How is that even possible? God’s Word lets you know that the only way to live beyond yourself–to live abundantly and to be successful in your Christian walk–is through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit cleans you up and produces fruit in you that empowers you to do things you could never accomplish on your own–to live in a way you’ve never imagined!
When the Holy Spirit dwells in you, He begins the work of developing godly character traits in you. The Scriptures call these traits the “fruit of the Spirit.” They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. The Holy Spirit develops these traits in you to help you live beyond yourself in this broken world.
So, which traits do you want the Spirit to cultivate in your life? What do you desire for yourself in your daily walk with Christ? Are you ready for God to change you? Do you want God to work through you and to direct you without restriction? Through this Bible study, you will find that God desires to lovingly conform you to the image of His Son. God loves you more than words can express. As you study, turn to His Spirit and understand that He will be working to change you. Listen as He gives you the encouragement your heart needs. Allow Him to mature you and to produce His fruit in you.