“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23

My family and I recently started taking Krav Maga classes, the type of self-defense training taught to the Israeli military. And boy, is it ever intense! We’re at the very beginning of our journey, but I can already tell that it’s going to be hard, yet rewarding work.

On the first night, our instructor challenged us to not only stretch before each class, but to stretch during the rest of the week as well. He said it was much easier to maintain flexibility if we made it a lifestyle, not a once-a-week thing. We can’t just be flexible once a week; to be effective, we have to maintain that condition constantly.

And we can’t just conjure up the fruit of the spirit only when we need it, either. We have to cultivate a lifestyle, dwelling in that frame of mind at all times. That way, the fruit will be there whenever we need it – because we don’t have time to suddenly develop peace when a crisis hits, or joy when bad things happen, or self-control when we are tempted to lash out.

Be always seeking after the fruit, letting it grow and produce results in your life. Cultivate it at a lifestyle, and it will always be there when you need it.