22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Our life as believers is designed to be filled with the aroma of the fruit of the Spirit. To show love is to be our default setting as a Christian. To be filled with joy is to be an everyday occurrence for us. We are to bring peace into every situation that comes our way. We are to demonstrate patience in as we wait on God’s plan to unfold. Showing kindness and gentleness to others and being known for our goodness and faithfulness is just part of who we are to be. And, as Christians, we are to model self-control to this world as well. So what’s keeping us from doing this?

If I asked you to model one of the fruit of the Spirit, I have no doubt that you could demonstrate that fruit to me. But if I didn’t ask, would I see that fruit anyways? If I asked you for an example of what it would look like to be kind to another person, I know you could tell me. But would I see kindness just by looking at your life?

I think that Christians are too often in the canned fruit business. We store up all that fruit of the Spirit and preserve it nicely and keep it to ourselves. Stop bottling it up and just let it flow! Share the fruit freely with all those you meet! It’s not yours to keep. The fruit of the Spirit is designed to nourish others. It’s not for us to hold onto. So, instead of the canning business, open a fruit stand share your fruit today!