All the world is focused on love – but what about the other graces that make up the fruit of the Spirit such as joy, peace, longsuffering and the like? Do they get lost in the excitement of our Valentine’s Day craze and shenanigans?
They shouldn’t; for you cannot have one grace without the other.
Let us remember that people need more than love – they need genuine reflectors of the FRUIT of the Spirit. The WHOLE fruit and nothing else but the WHOLE fruit! People need LOVE that is consistently shown; JOY that adds sweetness to every circumstance; PEACE, that remains calm in moments that are prickly, dicey and iffy; PATIENCE that chooses to slow down to allow God to show up; KINDNESS that cares with or without an audience; GOODNESS that chooses to do what is right (based on God’s standard of living) over doing that which is politically correct; FAITHFULNESS that is true to his/her promises and remains loyal when all else walks away; GENTLENESS, that returns a soft word when subject to insults, ridicule and aggression; SELF CONTROL, who is ruled by God and not emotions, passions, issues, or tendencies.
The life that bears FRUIT walks with the Spirit daily. Sometimes he stumbles, other times she drifts but he/she always divinely returns to walking in line with the Spirit. It is not superhuman but supernaturally-powered.
The life that bears FRUIT is evergreen and blooms in and out of season. It is not perfect but wholesome.
The life that bears FRUIT is confident because it allows the Spirit of God to intervene when tendencies, infirmities, issues and emotions attempt to take its soul captive. It sees beyond the actions and words of others and the current temporary trials.
May we allow our divine help, the Holy Spirit, to help us to live out the WHOLE fruit and nothing else but the WHOLE fruit!
Scripture of the week: The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Gal. 5:22, 23
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