The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace....and then it seems to me, we stop.
I mean who doesn't want a life that's full of love.....and tons of joy....topped with abundance of peace!
Sign me up!
These 3 seem to top our lists and there we stop. We even start thinking that life OWES us these things. Oh that's a dangerous place to be! Folks...contrary to popular opinion, life owes us nothing! Not only does it not owe us anything but WE owe the giver of life such a huge debt, we can never hope to repay it! The only thing we have any rights to here is the right to death...
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.-Romans 6:23
But let's take a peek at the missing fruit. Let's see...longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Oh my!
This fruit doesn't sound so appealing...lonsuffering? that doesn't sound fun! meekness? isn't that sorta like turning the other cheek, keeping quiet maybe in the face of adversity?
oh but we desire to be treated with goodness and gentleness.....with meekness and temperance!!! but that's not the result of the growth of this fruit in OUR lives but in the lives of OTHERS!
Faith....oh but we like to claim bucket loads of faith
But how about that faith when God says "no" or maybe "wait"! or how about when God just doesn't seem to be watching or caring...
Is our faith still growing then?
Let's not forget the rest of the fruit!
Let come what may....let us still be found faithfully cultivating and growing ALL the fruit!