Galatians 5:22 “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfullness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things.”
These nine traits are called “fruit of the Spirit” because something good is produced in the heart of the believer and for the person who is receiving the “fruit.” Fruit are really good, are they not? When you bite into an apple or an orange, it leaves a sweet taste in your mouth. A lemon may be sour but it adds yummy flavor to dishes when you are cooking. And also notice that the group of nine are also called fruit and not fruits with an s. In my research, I read that it’s because all of these things should be together and not only one trait manifested in the believer of Christ. And of course there is no law against these things since they are the best thing to happen to someone since before sliced bread! Who wouldn’t want someone to love them or be kind to them, to take them by the hand and lead them to water or some food or shelter?
As I said in my last post, there are some people who are hard to deal with: like the grumpy grocery store clerk, or the man who cuts in line at the coffee shop or the head of the whatever committee who bowls right over somone who has a new idea and just does things his or her way no matter what the majority wants. Unfortunately, there are even christians who are rude and obnoxious. There may be sometimes when we have to take a stand and make sure no one is being bullied or laws are not broken. But there are times when we may have to grin and bear it so that our calm christian witness (peace, patience, kindness, gentleness) shows through and God gets the glory. This is just the beginning of the subject of these calming and peaceful traits God wants us to have. For the month of January I am going to talk more about them and hopefully help you see ways you can practice them in your life and bless not only yourself but someone else too.
Let me leave you with an example that happened to me this last week: I was waiting in line at the grocery store and noticed a man behind me who had a basket in his hand instead of a cart. He started out by complaining about the long lines and said, “Well, I guess this is the shortest line and you don’t have too many items.” I pointed out to him that there was a lane for fifteen items or less right next to us and he could go there. He was so relieved and overjoyed it was comical. I am a peaceful person by nature but giving him a gentle answer to his stressed out day relieved him tremendously. You never know what kind of day people are having and sometimes just a smile or kind word can make the rest of the day so much better. Click To Tweet Go with God my friends and have a blessed day!
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