Only One?

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Thought for the Day:  Christ leads us to Healthier Fruits

As parents, we teach children many Bible verses as they walk their faith path.  One was mentioned in The Upper Room devotion today that brought memories of those times.   “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”  The Thought for the Day was: “Which one of the Spirit’s Fruit do we need to cultivate?”  When I read that, my thoughts went away from the simple childlike thoughts about the fruits and dug more deeply into my thoughts about each of these fruits in my life.  The question from The Upper Room asked for just one of the Spirit’s fruits in my life to cultivate, but as I looked at the list I realized that I couldn’t pick just one and that I needed to work on “all” of them.  Love – I need to show more love to people I do not know and to new friends.  Joy – I need to have more joy in my heart at all times.  Peace – I need to work on feeling peace in the midst of question.  Patience – Now, that goes without saying as I search for a new job. Kindness – I need to work on showing more kindness to people as I meet them each day.  Goodness – I need to do more “good” for people instead of thinking about myself.  Faithfulness – I need to share my faith with more people and tell them about how faith has gotten me through and will get them through hard times.  Gentleness – I need to be more gentle in my words to my children and those around me.  Self-Control – I need to have more self-control in the words that come out of my mouth and in my handling of situations.  Oh, my, do I have a lot of work to do.

Several weeks ago, our pastor shared with the congregation about what is needed to have Salvation.  As I thought about the fruits of the Spirit and then back about that sermon, I rationalized how these coincide.  Then I realized that I do not need to rationalize anything.  “Christ + ____ = Salvation” is the equation Pastor Mark shared with us and that when we have Christ in our life, we need nothing more for Salvation.  Today, as I look at the Fruits of the Spirit I know that when we have Christ in our life that these fruits of the Spirit will multiply within us because it becomes who we are.  So, do I need to work on these Fruits of the Spirit.  Yes!  Will I develop these fruits in a more powerful way the more I let Christ take hold of my life?  Yes!  So, what one fruit of the Spirit do I need to work on?  Through Christ, all of the fruits will become stronger and they will grow through our witness to others.

Prayer:   Father God, thank you for bringing us salvation through Jesus Christ.  Help us each day to know that through Jesus, we have salvation and that as we grow in our faith in Him our spiritual fruits will become stronger and our witness to others will become stronger as well.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Those Walking with Christ

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