Good Morning July 19

In Paul’s letter to the Galatians he lists the nine fruit of the Holy Spirit. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”(5:22-23) We first understand that fruit is singular. It is not fruits of the Spirit. We don’t get to pick out what we like. It is one picture of the life of Jesus Christ into which the Holy Spirit seeks to grow within each of us. We like the “love, joy, and peace”. But the “forbearance” (or patience) “kindness, goodness” and the rest get more difficult. The Lord has his ways of putting us in situations where these are needed so we begin to learn them more fully. This starts, not in some great task of enterprise, but as soon as we put our feet on the floor in the morning. Our growth in the fruit is in our own homes, our own neighborhoods, our work places, with family and friends. Our Lord is continually at work within, helping us to grow, opening our eyes needs of others, and prompting us to look more deeply at ourselves. This is growing into the life and nature of Jesus.