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Fruit of the Spirit

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“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and punishes every son he receives” (Romans 12:6, Christian Standard Bible). It was a bright, sunny Saturday morning, and a friend and I were on vacation at a beautiful spot near the shore. What better way to start our morning than to peacefully enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet. As the hostess walked us to our table, my eyes moved across the artistic display of fruits, pastries, and other breakfast dishes. How lovely. The first two minutes were nice. But then . . . I noticed a child pick up a pastry with…

“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel” (Proverbs 11:17, New Living Translation). Everyone needs a little kindness in their life—to give some and to receive some. But what is kindness? Or is it even easily definable? Urbandictionary.com says it is “doing something and not expecting anything in return. Kindness is respect and helping others without waiting for someone to help one back. It implies kindness no matter what.” Someone else described it as love in action. While we may not be able to adequately define kindness, we do know it…

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23, KJV) When God fills you with his spirit you are called to a higher level of living. In order for your life to produce good fruit you must be very intentional in the way you live and portray yourself. Being aware of your actions and how they may be perceived by others is key in living a pleasing life to God. I pray that you take time today to think about the type of fruit you are…