22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5).
There was never a time when our Lord, who completely fulfilled the “law,” did not also completely exhibit this “fruit of the Spirit” in His life—except for maybe two instances. What, you say? Well if the Bible says: “being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground” (Luke 22:44)—do you think He was experiencing much “peace” then? Or, was there “peace” in His heart when He cried out: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me” (Matthew 27:46)? Or, how about when the Bible says: “for the joy set before Him He endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2)? Doesn’t that mean His “joy” was in the future and not in the present? Surely there can be no joy in the midst of God’s wrath, can there?
As amazing as this is, perhaps what is more amazing is that all the other aspects of this fruit of the Spirit remained perfectly displayed during the entire Passion of the Christ. Indeed, I am sure His “love …. patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, [and] self-control” were put on their greatest display—even as the wrath of the Father fell on Him for the sins of man.
So, could it just be, that when times are the hardest and the fires are the hottest, that the Fruit of the Spirit can shine the brightest?
Lord, help us This Day to walk in Your Spirit, come what may, so that we might display the Fruit of Your Spirit. Amen.