Sunday, 25 October 2015

Rethinking the Fruit of the Spirit

I like this. It reminds me of what I've sometimes mused about, and that is, Why is it that some Christians seem to always have such a look on their faces that one wonders if perhaps they were baptized in lemon juice or vinegar? Likewise, and contrary to the way some of us seem to present ourselves, "Sour Grapes in not a fruit of the Spirit!"

Granted, we can all have bad days in which some (or even all) of the fruits may seem to be strangely absent in our lives, but obviously that does not then mean that we are no longer Christians; it just means that we're having a bad day.

Galatians 5: 22-23 gives us a list by which we can measure the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and I would argue, discern it in the lives of others. These characteristics are:

    • love
    • joy
    • peace
    • patience
    • kindness
    • goodness
    • faithfulness
    • gentleness
    • self control

As I look at that list, and as I look back at my past few days, it's obvious to me (and probably a few others too) that I have some work to do in order to get back on track to where I would like to see myself. I don't want to project that look of sour grapes. There's no blessing for others in that.

How about you? Does the list accurately describe you? If so, praise God! If not, know that He doesn't think less of you for missing some of them; it just means that God isn't finished with you yet, and like me, you're still a work in progress. For that too, we can praise Him. Peace.

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