Galatians 5: 22-23
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.
Beautiful isn’t it. The fruits of the Spirit. The attributes of Jesus. But as for me, there are definitely days I feel very far from being a crisp, unblemished, flavorful “fruit”. In fact many days I feel more like a bruised, overripe, rotten banana that has been laying about to long!
I can never expect to be perfect, as Jesus was, none of us can. However I’m thinking maybe if I began each morning reflecting on these wonderful attributes, the ones that Jesus so beautifully displayed as an example to all of us, then maybe I would start to echo some of them a little more often.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all strived to reflect even a glimpse of the “fruits of the spirit”. Easy, no absolutely not! In fact this morning my fruit of patience was more like that rotten banana I was speaking of earlier. But maybe if we all tried just a little bit harder, put forth a little more effort and took time to reflect each day on these attributes daily. Then maybe, just maybe they will become inscribed into our hearts. Just think of what a more wonderful day (and life) it could be. Have a great week!
Proverbs 27:19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
Not sure where to begin your time with God journey? Let’s talk about one of the easiest ways to spend time with God. Daily Devotionals.
This was a new concept to me a few years back. So let’s assume maybe you’re at the same point I was then and maybe your not so sure where to start.
So what exactly is a daily devotional? A daily devotional is traditionally in the format of a book, with one reading passage for each day. A preset guide if you will for your journey. My favorite and a simple (yet powerful, don’t let the word simple fool you) daily devotional is “Jesus Calling, Finding Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.” Its format is written in a beautiful conversational style. It’s as if Jesus is sitting with and speaking directly to you. Here is an example:
October 6: “Be willing to follow wherever I lead. Follow Me wholeheartedly, with glad anticipation quickening your pace. Though you don’t know what lies ahead, I know; and that is enough!….”
The “conversation” is followed by two or more bible passages. See simple yet powerful and beautiful.
In our new electronic age there are also online tools you can use to receive daily devotionals right to your inbox. Here are a few website examples:
Our Daily Bread
The Upper Room
Of course there are many other books and on-line resources. My suggestion is that you find the one that is right for you. I have had a books that just didn’t speak to me, or where a bit too advanced for my current walk with God and that’s ok. The important thing is that you find the one that does speak to you. It may take some trial and error but it will be so worth!