I recently posted a picture in each child’s bedroom about the fruit of the spirit and explained that the attributes in this verse is who they should aim to be:
Galatians 5:22-23New International Version (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Over the last few days, while dealing with some family situations, i started to look at myself and examine my own fruit. I went through the list over and over and started to evaluate whether or not I aim to have these attributes. The short answer “mostly yes”. The longer answer is I came to the realization that depending on what is going on in my life I seem to forget a couple. For example, if something is done to me by someone else and I am feeling angry, peace and forbearance are not exactly at the top of my list in that moment. Then it dawned on me. We have this list of beautiful attributes that God has given us to strive for and in many ways I can follow through but it doesn’t mean that I am exempt from failure. I am human, plain and simple. I will fail, I will fall short, I will forget to practice one or all of these at different times in my life. I do not need to dwell in these failures, I simply need to pray, reevaluate and spring into action.
The end of the verse says “against such things there is no law.” Look at the list, it’s true who does not want each of these attributes? Who doesn’t want to receive these things from someone else?
Let’s look at our behavior and actions today and try to flip it around. For example, if you feel angry remind yourself that you would rather taste the fruit of joy and try to replace the angry thoughts.
*Comments Challenge* Tell me what fruit you would like to taste more of today?