Gal 5:22-23 (ESV) 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.
While we as Christians are called to exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, we won’t ever display them perfectly. Only the Lord can display the fruits of the Spirit perfectly. We struggle and must strive to exhibit fruit. Some have trouble even having a little bit of fruit to show. But others can have overly generous rotten fruits. Did you realize you can actually exhibit too much of a fruit? To where it becomes sin?
Consider “Joy” how could joy be corrupted by displaying too much or displaying it incorrectly?
What if you are talking with a grieving parent over the loss of a child? While we can still be encouraging and place our hope in the Lord and His goodness, too much joy exhibited can be hurtful. We are told to grieve with those who grieve. (Romans 12:15) That doesn’t take away our internal joy but just maybe it should be tempered with compassion and grieving with others.
How else might we corrupt the fruits of the Spirit?
Here is a post that will help you consider if you display corrupt rotten fruit. Click the link to read the whole article.
Is Patience Dangerous? by Ed Welch
Patience can be passive
If we know anything about ourselves, we know that we are not perfect. We expect to have a long agenda for growth and change. Patience, however, tends to just sit around and wait. It has a keener vision for other people’s sins than it does for one’s own sin and weaknesses. This makes it a hopeless goal because it lacks furvor for daily growth. Instead, it waits to be “tried” by people or events.
Patience can be silent
Along with the smug self-righteousness that can seep into patience, another problem is that patience offers no compelling reason to speak with the other person. Patience tends to be silent, and, especially in close relationships, the last thing you want to do is be silent when the other person is being sinful or even irritating. If we are bothered by something that has happened in a relationship, our kingdom instincts should be to speak about the matter in a way that is humble and edifying. From this perspective, I would be so sad if my wife or friends were “patient” with me.
Patience without a willingness to speak openly and in the best interests of the relationship is cowardice, even hatred.