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Good Morning October 14

Fruit is good. We are told that we should eat a serving of fruit each day for our health. We also speak of fruit in other ways, a fruitful life, or a fruitful days work. Scripture speaks of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 and 23, the characteristics of life that are pleasing to God, and good to others. The writer of Hebrews speaks of our praise to God as being the fruit of our lips. (13:15) He follows this by saying, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” We are reminded that as fruit is good for the health of our bodies, the fruit of our lives is good not just for ourselves, but for those around us. We want this day to accomplish the necessary things, but also to be useful for those around us. Let this be a truly fruitful day.

Good Morning February 3

Throughout life God is shaping us into the people He want us to be. We are His good creation, and He is daily at work in our lives. The Bible uses images like a potter working on clay, or a mason shaping living stones for the temple. Because of our fallen nature there are things within us that need changing to make us into the nature of Christ, to make us useful for God’s Kingdom. This is why we talk about God working through circumstances to help us grow in the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and the rest. Years ago I heard a pastor say, “If you want to know what is in a cup – bump it.” I know when I get bumped I all too easily respond with frustration or saying something I shouldn’t. God speaks to us in circumstances to help us yield to His Spirit and grow in more patience and the other fruit. It works this way with all of us as we are willing to listen to God’s voice and yield to His hand. The lessons are not always easy, and we don’t like many of the circumstances we face in life, but they are tools in God’s gracious hands. The fruit of the Spirit is the nature of Jesus, and what God is working to form in us. God doesn’t do away with our personality and individuality, but works Christ’s nature into these so that we may be useful to Him and to others.

Good Morning September 25

We only have a couple of TV dreams we like to watch regularly, but we also get to see the commercials for everything else that is on. I am always struck by the personal characteristics the actors portray. They are following written scripts, but presumably are giving the writers impression of much of what goes on in life. Even aside from sex and violence there is so much anger, resentment, greed, selfishness, and cutthroat competition. Other characters are made to look foolish or incompetent. I quite understand that a program based upon the Fruit of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, meekness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) – would not sell many bottles of shampoo. Yet, it is these values we are called to. We cannot use our young children’s argument that “everyone else is doing it.” TV’s portrayal of the world simply points out the truth of all Scripture. Because of the work of God within us we are to be different from the world. We are not better than anyone else, but we do live by a higher standard. That standard is to bring glory to our Lord and draw others to Him.

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Good Morning May 2

Throughout life God is shaping us into the the people He want us to be. The Bible uses images like a potter working on clay, or a mason shaping living stones for the temple. Because of our fallen nature there are things within us that need changing to make us into the nature of Christ. This is why I mentioned yesterday about God speaking through circumstances to help us grow in the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and the rest. Years ago I heard a pastor say, “If you want to know what is in a cup – bump it.” I know when I get bumped I all too easily respond with frustration or saying something I shouldn’t. God speaks to me in circumstances to help me yield to His Spirit and grow in more patience. It works this way with all of us as we are willing to listen to God’s voice and yield to His hand. The fruit of the Spirit is the nature of Jesus. That is what God is working to form in us. God doesn’t do away with our personality and individuality, but puts that into Christ’s nature so that we may be useful to Him and to others.

Good Morning February 13

A side commentary on the internet new page says there is a common error cat owners make that can ruin the relationship with their cat. I don’t own a cat, and I didn’t read the article. I know that pet owners are very attached to their animals, and that’s good. They do provide real pleasure and companionship. It just struck me that we work harder at times on a relationship with an animal than with people. God created us for relationships, first with Himself, and through Him to all others. If a relationship with a cat takes care, one with people takes far more. The second of the two great commandments tells us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Our neighbor is our spouse, children, friends, even the person at the checkout counter. All relationships are enhanced by seeking to live in the fruit of God’s Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, meekness, faith, and self control.(Galatians 5:22-23) This is the nature of Jesus into which we grow. All relationships improve through Him.

Good Morning July 19

Our front walk is made up of decorative cobblestones. They are fitted together in a fairly tight pattern, but, don’t you know!, the cracks in between are the very places that weeds find their way of growing. The walkway had gotten to look pretty bad, so yesterday was the day to do something about it. It took a good bit of time, and a lot of hands and knee work, but we now have a clean walkway. As I was doing it, I was reminded that this is a very similar process to what we have to do in our own lives. Paul tells us about the fruit of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. But I realize that, in many ways, and in many situations, these are characteristics which are not in me, but that God desires. The opposites are the weeds I’ve let grow in my life. God, the Holy Spirit, will work in me (and you) to change them, but I have to recognize the weeds, and allow Him to pull them up. Pulling weeds is not easy work, and it is not fast, but God is faithful and will accomplish His work in us.

Good Morning – Aug 20

Fruit is good. We are told that we should eat a serving of fruit each day for our health. We also speak of fruit in other ways, a fruitful life, or a fruitful days work. Scripture speaks of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 and 23, the characteristics of life that are pleasing to God, and good to others. The writer of Hebrews speaks of our praise to God as being the fruit of our lips. (13:15) He follows this by saying, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” We are reminded that as fruit is good for the health of our bodies, the fruit of our lives is good not just for ourselves, but for those around us. We want this day to accomplish the necessary things, but also to be useful for those around us. Let this be a truly fruitful day.