But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.
I have been told that I can be too uptight. Too fearful for my safety and the safety of others (I mean really, is there such a thing?). Too cautious. Too much of a rule follower. Apparently these qualities, when displayed in excess, get in the way of people having fun. Stick in the mud is what they say. Okay, honestly, it’s my husband and son who say this the most. But I’m sorry, DIY bow-staffs are not my idea of an appropriate “toy” for small children. Someone is going to get a black eye! –That was a few years ago, and no black eyes, so what do I know.
Overall, I’m fine with these statements about me. I’m not a thrill seeker. I don’t like dangerous activities. I tend to prefer to stay alive. If that means that I don’t do things like skydiving and bungee jumping, then that is a-okay with me. It’s just part of who I am.
As a daughter of my Maker, there are also other traits that God has put in me. Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self-Control. These are the fruits of the spirit. Nobody will say to me, “Oh my gosh, you are just too patient. You really need to cut that out,” or “Can you just stop being so joyful for just one second!?” It’s just not going to happen.
This isn’t always easy though. Sometimes we get so anxious and just wonder where our joy and peace has gone. People and circumstances can rapidly use every ounce of patience we might have. It’s hard to be loving, kind, and good to people who are unloving, unkind, or not good to us. It’s hard to remain faithful to God and to others when our circumstances push us to our limits. Gentleness and self-control can seem out of our reach when tensions get high.
The idea that I have no more patience, no more joy, no more self-control (hello one more slice of pizza!) is a lie from the enemy.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 2:3
Tapping in to who we are in Christ is a choice.
So here is the challenge for us all: CHOOSE to be generous with the fruits of the spirit!
Be abundantly loving towards the unlovable.
Overflow with joy during the hard times.
Be exceedingly peaceful in word and deed.
Extend patience when you really don’t feel like you have any left.
Be kinder than you think you should.
Spread goodness to those who have wronged you.
Be faithful to your God and to those around you.
Be gentle in your interactions and corrections towards others.
Practice self-control. Don’t let the enemy have a foot hold on you.
We want to be a generation of women who stand out in our culture of ME, SELF, and I. We have so many people in our world who are hungry, starving for food that will last. What fruit will you give them?