“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” (Galatians 5:22-26)
As Mom & I were picking raspberries this morning, I told her about how I dreamed last night that there were 2 1/2 scrumptious looking strawberry pies in the fridge. (Unfortunately I woke up before getting to eat any!)
I’ve always been fascinated by the fruit of the Spirit passage, and even more so after a conversation with mi mamacita awhile ago. I remember her saying something about how that fruit will be a direct result of following the Spirit. If we truly live by the Spirit, the fruit won’t be something we have to drum up – it’ll come naturally. Not that it’ll all come flowing perfectly all the time, since we are still struggling humans. But it’s such a challenge to me to strive to live by the Spirit more and more… and the more I do, the more my fruit will blossom and ripen fully.
[blackberries from last July]
I can’t help but observe good fruit and character in people around me… so many good people all around to follow and observe and be like! They’re not perfect people, but they all reflect in some way the Jesus that we all follow.
Oh, to be generous like the lady at Jillian’s Salon last night who met me at the door (dye still glistening wet in her hair and eyebrows) and gave a $5 tip just for the simple act of running her food right down the street to her.
The faithfulness and dedication of Grandpa Vilas & Grandma Mabel to their Lord wows me. I want to be like that when I’m 87 years old. 😀
I love watching the young mothers at our church with their children… even when their young ones act up in frustrating ways, they still maintain patience and gentleness with them. (I realize that they would probably say that they’re not perfect and fail at it, but I think you’re all doing a great job!)
While talking to my cousin on the phone last night, the zeal and boldness of their youth group’s city outreach trip really struck me. Why don’t we go up to people and ask them how we can pray for them? Why don’t we move outside of our comfort zone more often?
I saw joy and freedom reflected in the eyes of a lady who shared her testimony with a group of us down at the South Carolina prison crusade. She is living in prison, yet she has so much more freedom than a lot of people who are physically free.
The inspiration of a friend who is giving the pen of her love story to Jesus and striving to live in purity and self control blows me away. She has blessed me over and over again, and encouraged me so much! (Don’t give up dear!)
And the ways I see people love? Endless! I see it shown as a brother shares his life story on Sunday morning and all his fellow brothers gather around to pray for and support him. I see women doing their very best to respect their husbands. I see young couples with starry eyes, learning how to care for each other. I see love when people hug each other and feel the other one’s joy and pain. Yesterday I saw a young man sitting in a coffee shop and caring enough to listen to whatever was troubling the girl with him. I see my parents sacrificing and giving so much of themselves to take care of their family. There is love shown through sweet cards in the mail and food taken to overwhelmed people and smiles at weary souls.
Not to mention the peace and patience and goodness and kindness shining in eyes and lives and hearts! I would SO LOVE if some of you people reading would comment with ways you’ve seen the fruit of the Spirit manifested in the lives of people around you!
[hint hint… pretty please with a cherry on top??]
[Dad, wait til you see the grapes! They’re TWICE this size now!]
Go out and bear some fruit!