To protect a sofa from stains, we spray it with Scotch Guard. It helps wipe off spills and prevents them from penetrating. So is the presence of Christ in our lives. By faith, we put on Christ and can trust the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
The fruit of the Spirit is our Scotch Guard to protect us from spills that are not edifying and exhorting. We often think of the fruit of the Spirit in regard to our walking in the Spirit with others, but the fruit of the Spirit is for us first …and then to flow out to others. The scotch guard on the sofa is for the sofa, then for those who sit on the sofa. We can remain unspotted from hindrances and hold on tight to the anointed covering we have in Christ.
We bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit as we abide in Christ; we do not produce it. The wrong things that try to spill on us cannot remain; but as we remain in Christ, all that pertains to His life can spill onto others. The anointing is powerful enough to penetrate the hardest soils and break any resistance. What we carry, we bring with us in every place, from glory to glory!
Galatians 5:22-26 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”