But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7The Lord can cut right through that outer show that we put on and see exactly what is in our hearts. He knows our inner thoughts, our true desires, and our real motives. Yikes. Look away! Look away! I am not ripe! How can I know if I am ripe?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23If these things are showing up in more and more abundance in my life, then I am walking in the spirit. I pray today for more fruit.