22 The Holy Spirit produces a different kind of fruit: unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. You won’t find any law opposed to fruit like this.
I’ve been thinking a great deal about what goes into my head: the things I read, watch, listen to. I want my life to be characterised by the fruit of the Spirit and some of the things I surround myself with just don’t make that easy or even possible at times.
It’s Sunday, and although that day has become another busy, hurlyburly day in the week (another topic) I’d like to encourage you to take 30 seconds and meditate on each of the 9 fruits listed here. Don’t rush through.
Turn the words over.
Think of times you have shown love or been shown love.
Joy, what areas of joy are in your life, what joy do you show to others?
Wow, peace, we have a world screaming for peace… where are you at peace?
Not just a name but something beautiful – a grace-filled act that defuses a situation
Random acts? Not random without purpose but unexpected and spontaneous perhaps?
God is good. Unmerited mercy and love shown to us.
Great is Thy faithfulness – how can I imitate Him?
Does being gentle make me a ‘snowflake’ or make the recipient one?
Temperance, wisdom in our actions. Thinking – asking Him – before we speak or act.
22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.