- Author: Jessica Thompson
- Publisher: Moody Publishers
- Available Now
- Synopsis: Thompson demonstrates that the fruit of the Spirit is the outpouring of God, not something that can be manufactured in the flesh.
- Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. Opinions expressed are my own.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.Gal. 5:22-23
The devotional consists of forty un-numbered chapters, divided into eight sections (one for each of the fruits, except self-control). Each 3-page chapter begins with a central verse, followed by discussion.
Thompson’s premise is both biblical and powerful: the fruit of the Spirit is the result of God’s work in us, not our own work. This is SUCH an important message (and one that the Lord has been showing me in multiple books lately— see my reviews of Erika Mathews’ Romance’s Rest and Bill Myers’ Temptation; forthcoming).
It is so easy and so common to mistake the promises of Scripture for works, by omitting portions of verses— missing the point about God being the One to carry out His promises. (Isn’t it interesting that the the “Fruit of the Spirit” passage is in the same book as “You foolish Galatians!” Because it’s not a matter of the flesh.)
Although passages are not numbered, this is definitely a book I would recommend as a one-a-day read, because it is so rich and meaningful. Whereas I recently read a devotional that was a bit lighter and felt more like a chat between girlfriends, this book is more intellectual. Thompson offers her real life experiences, making for a personable read. At the same time, she also incorporates long Scripture passages, word studies and block quotes from various theologians (such as Charles Spurgeon and Walter Hansen). There is so much to digest, in each chapter. But, it is also clear that Thompson isn’t simply sharing facts for the sake of knowledge. Instead, she delves into and expounds each idea, crafting deep, meditative devotions.
Here’s a sampling of some of the passages that meant a lot to me:
“We experience the peace of God… when we let go of all self-protection before Him.”From “Guarded”
Repentance is just agreeing with God about who He says He is and who He says we are.From “Joy in the One”
He also saves us from what we think of ourselves and what others think of us.From “Gentleness Makes Us Great”
Highly recommended; This is an excellent book that is full of the grace and truth of Jesus. I would especially recommend the title for groups that are looking to study the fruit of the Spirit. However, I think it’s a great resource for Christians, in general.