22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
~ Galatians 5:22-23
I love this scripture, especially in the easy way I can remember it using the King James Version. It trips off the tongue. Easily recited. but. What happens too often is that once it is recited, for me, the meaning fades and I move on. Eugene Peterson’s The Message, moves us beyond the memorized into everyday application. Let us look at the Galatians verse through his lens:
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
23-24 Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.
After this long winter in the northeast, I find myself scrutinizing the maple tree in the front yard. I am staring at the ends, willing the buds to plump, waiting for the moment when the end goes from bulge to bloom and the leaves “suddenly” appear.
Often it is this way with the fruit in our lives. We wait and wait and wait, and check for progress. Thankfully, we are distracted from ourselves and keep moving forward in the paths that we walk. And one day, “suddenly” a fruit is noticed, admired, commented upon, blooming. It has little to do with the rules, but the eye lifted, just above the horizon, like a sailor looking for port, the fruit appears. That one we didn’t think we would ever be able to exhibit.
Don’t give up!
Yes I Can! by Sammy Davis Jr.
Lord, give me your Yes I Can, spirit. Help me to stop staring int he mirror and take that step out in faith. For your glory,
Because of Him,