“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
Galatians 5:22-24 ESV
This semester our college ministry launched our weekly gathering “College Bible Study (CBS)”. Formerly known as “Taco Tuesday Bible Study”, this weekly gathering was established to edify college students and college-aged young adults for Christian living. Myself and Kortnie Maxoutopoulis prayerfully put together a custom curriculum study of the Galatians 5 passage on fruit of the Spirit. We had an amazing time journeying through. Each night we experienced a powerful time of instruction, fellowship, and prayer as we sought God’s word to yield more fruit for His glory. I wanted to share with you a reflection that one of our students recently wrote about his experience gained because of CBS.
“The Wellspring college group has played a significant part in my life in the last few months. Not only has it been an answer to a long time prayer of mine for a community of Christ-following college students, but what we have been studying has been directly applicable to my everyday life.
Each week we would study one of the fruits of the spirit and we would discuss how we could exemplify that fruit each week. Looking back I can see God using each lesson and discussion to prepare me to experience hardship and yet still glorify God through all of it. When we reached the topic of faithfulness we read the story of Job who demonstrated faithfulness to God even when his wealth, possessions, and family were taken from him. “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped” (Job 1:20) and in my journal I wrote that I wanted to be able to worship God even when trouble enters my life, and the very next morning God provided me with this opportunity. I found out that I was the victim of a fraud and had lost a large portion of my wealth and to be honest I cried because it hurt to have this happen to me. Even still, God had been preparing my heart in the previous weeks and even the day before and instead of choosing anger and bitterness towards God and my situation I chose to embody the fruits of the spirit. I read the Bible and prayed longer and harder that day than I had in months and even through my situation I felt a closeness and comfort knowing that God’s plans for me are always good.
Even though it hurt, I felt proud of myself for choosing to remain faithful to God and his plans for my life. God knew exactly what I needed and placed me in the Wellspring ministry so I could be reminded to demonstrate the fruits of the spirit in my life and through it all dwell in His presence and grow closer to him.”
"Looking back I can see God using each lesson and discussion to prepare me to experience hardship and yet still glorify God through all of it."
"Even still, God had been preparing my heart in the previous weeks and even the day before and instead of choosing anger and bitterness towards God and my situation I chose to embody the fruits of the spirit."