Love, Joy, Peace

Love Joy Peace

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)

In the middle of the chaos in our lives, I often can’t recognize any of this fruit.  When things take a turn for the worse, do I exhibit peace?  In the middle of caring for an elderly parent, do I show patience? And is my first reaction to every situation love? I can honestly say no. I wish it were.  But I have to be honest about it if I want to let the Holy Spirit change me.  If I think I’m fine, I won’t allow the help that is needed to be changed into a reflection of Jesus.

When we pray, what do we pray for? Among other things I pray that I will get my huge list of things done. I pray for meetings I am going to have or things I want to happen. I realized that I don’t pray a lot for the fruit of the Spirit. Could it be I am praying for the wrong things? Would the Spirit be more evident in our lives if we asked for the fruits of the Spirit?

Written by Diane Levy


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