A Fruitful Life

Title: A Fruitful Life
Materials: Watercolour
Artwork by: Jenn Cruz (@lovethatletters)
Description: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

What does it mean to live with the “fruit of the spirit”? How can we recognize these “fruits”? How can we see the beauty of each aspect and prayerfully ask God to help us live out these characteristics as engage in relationships?

Over the last month, I painted each attribute of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit live on Instagram. As I was painting, I invited the followers to discuss the attributes at hand, sharing our difficulties and engaging in encouraging conversation to spur each other on. My intent was to get viewers to ask themselves the question: what does having the Fruit of the Spirit mean to you?


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)



Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)



May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)



Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience (Colossians 1:11)



Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love (2 Corinthians 6:4-6)



For the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth. (Ephesians 5:9)



I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love. (Ephesians 3:16-17)



Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)



For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)

Be a fruitful worker

Title: Be a fruitful worker
Materials: Hand Drawn Illustrations with Digital Edits
Description: Our workplaces can be our mission field. We are not only to work heartily for God, but also be ambassadors for Christ (Colossians 3:23, 2 Corinthians 5:20). One way to do this is by showing the fruits of the Holy Spirit at work.

What are these fruits? Galatians 5:22-23 lists them out: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

How can we exhibit the fruits of the Holy Spirit? How can we be a good witness for Christ and give Him glory at work?



















Fruit of the Spirit

Title: Fruit of the Spirit
Materials: Handwritten Typography & Photography
Description: Take time to savor these beautifully portrayed fruit of the spirit. May we be inspired and encouraged, creatively and spiritually by the fruit of Ian and Emily’s labor!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” — Galatians.5:22-23

Photos taken by Emily Magers

01 - Love

02 - Joy

03 - Peace

04 - Patience

05 - Kindness

06 - Goodness

07 - Gentleness

08 - Faithfulness

09 - Self Control


Artist Feature | Ian Barnard


My faith is what directs everything I do – from the quotes and bible verses I use in my Instagram posts to how I prioritise my time at work, home and at church. I feel that being online is an excellent place to witness, due to the large audience. Yet because of the easy access, integrity, humility and honesty are gifts that are needed especially when responding to peoples comments and views. I often get thanked by people who are encouraged by my posts which drives me on to keep doing what I love.


ODB: “Gorgeous Inside”

October 11, 2013 

READ: Romans 8:1-11 

To be spiritually minded is life and peace. —Romans 8:6 

It’s a rather nondescript house that sits on a busy thoroughfare. With no distinctive characteristics, this rather plain home is easy to ignore. But as I drove past it the other day, I noticed a “For Sale” sign in the yard. Attached to the sign was a smaller notice that happily announced: “I’m gorgeous inside.” While I’m not in the market for a new house, that sign intrigued me. What could make this otherwise forgettable house gorgeous inside?

It also made me wonder: Could that sign apply to us as followers of Jesus? Think about it. No matter what we look like on the outside, shouldn’t there be within us a beauty that reveals God’s love and work in our lives?

What does the Bible say about inner beauty? We might start with Romans 7:22, which says, “In my inner being I delight in God’s law” (niv). A few verses later in Romans 8:6, Paul speaks of a Spirit-controlled mind that is characterized by “life and peace.” And in Galatians, we see that letting the Spirit take charge of our inner being will build in us the “fruit of the Spirit” (5:22), a beautiful array of qualities such as love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness.

Delighting in Scripture and allowing the Spirit to work in our heart will make us look good on the inside—and will pay off in a life that honors God.

— Dave Branon

Dear Lord, I pray that through the work of Your
Spirit dwelling within me I will be transformed
into a grand display of the fruit that will attract
others to You and reflect glory back to You.

Righteousness in your heart produces beauty in your character.