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Ripened Fruit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)

These fruits seem to me to fall into three categories as they relate to our relationships.  For example, love, joy and peace are truly interior to us. They are part of who we are. Despite any circumstance, we can choose to be loving, joyful and peaceable. These attitudes determine our outward actions at all times.

The next three, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, seem to be our actions toward others. Being patient, gentle and good to others are the mark of the mature Christian. There is no room here for loud voices, argument, and violence.

The last three, faith, meekness, temperance, seem to stem from our relationship with God. Faith is a gift of God’s grace. Meekness, also known as humility, stems from our understanding of our worth in the eyes of God.  Temperance is the result of our knowing that God is in control of circumstances and that we are not in control, therefore excessive responses are not only unnecessary, but also counter productive.

With this picture as our goal, we can only grow in faith and grace.

Father, God,

Help us to grow in these areas. Grant that we may always be loving, joyful and peaceable. Help us to be longsuffering, gentle and good.  Give us a measure of faith, meekness and temperance.

In Jesus’ most precious name.

Amen.

 

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Low and Meek

Ephesians 4:1 -3   I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

We seem to have a problem understanding lowliness and meekness.  Lowliness doesn’t necessarily infer demeaning subservience. It means to see yourself as you actually are – no better or worse than the next person. To be not proud or overbearing.  We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We have it on good authority. (Romans 3:23)  Therefore we have no occasion to judge one another.

Romans 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Meekness simply means to have or show a quiet and gentle nature. It means not wanting to fight or argue with other people. Lowly, meek people serve others, not from subservience or lack of self-esteem, but from the position of knowing exactly who we are in Christ. We serve as an expression of our gratitude for God’s love to us.
Father, God,
Remind us of your love for us. Help us to respond to that love with a gratitude that includes service to others. Make us a channel of your love to this hurting world.
In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.