When I think of the fruits of the spirit as promised in Galatians 5:22-23 I consider a wonderful symphony. A full orchestra playing harmoniously, this majestic sound that washes over you and takes you into the love, joy and peace that music can bring.

But have you ever been to a school fete?

That same majestic sound as played by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra suddenly has a different sound – not quite so peaceful, not quite so … majestic!

The instruments are there, as are the musicians, yet the output (or fruit) seems worlds apart.

The composition has not changed. The score remains the same yet the performance varies from spectacular to, well, a sterling effort!

After all, a school band are only amateurs, maybe they have spent hours in practice, rather than the professionals who spend hours everyday in practice.

God’s symphony truly is majestic, His plans masterful. His composition flawless. He is perfect. Yet all too often our lives don’t reflect this perfection. In fact, for me, rarely does my life quite hit the beautiful harmonies of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Rather, the output is more akin to the school band – and probably the junior one at that!

So pursuing this analogy, is it just practice?

When Maya Angelou was asked about being Christian, she replied that she was “trying to be a Christian. I’m working at it, which means that I try to be as kind and fair and generous and respectful and courteous to every human being.”

Following the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 is the statment “Against such things there is no law.”

With the increasing ability to live a life focused on loving God, and your neighbour, comes an increasing life harmony that resonates God’s fruit in your life.

Here is the area to practice: love God above all else and love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:30-31).

Suddenly God’s masterpiece takes shape and the majestic harmony begins to wash over you and the fruits of the spirit naturally become the output.