If we try to change our lives by looking at our flaws and trying to eliminate them ourselves, we will become frustrated. It is the same as going to a pear tree, and being angry at it for not producing apples. By picking each pear you will not be changing the tree into an apple tree – you will just be wasting your time. Each new season it will continue bearing pears – the whole root system and nature of the tree needs to change in order to produce apples.
The same principle applies to our spiritual life. When we are born again, something really amazing happens. We become born of the spirit, meaning our nature changes completely. We are no longer subject to the flesh – but we become a new spirit man.
“What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6
The nature of the spiritual man bears spiritual fruit. It is effortless – just as easy as it is for an apple tree to bear apples. It is in it’s nature. We don’t even have to struggle and strive to accomplish it – the Word says it is the Spirit that brings forth the fruit. All we need to do is believe – and live in a relationship with Him.
“But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness…” Gal 5:22