None of us will ever master this caption, but is it even a goal of ours to try to? A lot of people are walking around with empty or artificial fruit baskets. Is the Spirit of God being smothered by the spirit of self, therefore producing any Fruit is never achieved?
Many people can recite what the Fruit of the Spirit are....love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control.. but living out those qualities is hardly ever a thought.
''God wants all of us to enter into a true sanctification process with Him so that He can begin the process of molding, shaping, and transforming us into the express image of His Son Jesus Christ. He wants to make us into a better and more holy people. He wants to transform us by the renewing of our minds. He wants to put right thinking into our thought process. Think about the ramifications of this – that God the Father Himself is allowing us to share in a part of His divine nature by allowing His Holy Spirit to transmit and impart these nine divine qualities right up into our soul and personality!''
''Jesus is coming back for a Bride that will be without spot or blemish. He is calling His Church to clean up their act and allow His Holy Spirit to begin this deeper sanctifying work in their lives. However, the choice is up to each individual believer. Sanctification is not something that can be forced upon anyone. God really respects everyone’s free will and He will never force His will or His ways on anyone. Though some of this may be a bit painful at times, since none of us likes to admit that we have anything that needs to be changed, let the Holy Spirit take you as far as He will want to go with you in this realm – and I guarantee you that your life and your state of well-being will all be changed for the better – much better!'' [www.bible-knowledge.com]
Check your own basket, not others, and see what fruits you are in short supply of.