Every person in Christ has a treasure inside. It comes by way of fruit. The fruit within shows the world our Friend and the quiet display of His love.
It is said we become like the ones nearest us so the fruit should be picked every day.
Evidenced through the trials we bear; down here there’s suffering and testing that tear. But it’s here when fruit bursts forth and grows strong, for endurance is needed and can be so long.
For how else will love grow but when put with a foe. Someone who is tiresome or one who is gruff. As God’s Word our guide and this fruit down inside commands love burst forth, alive!
Joy unending, flowing under it all, is the oil that yields produce, the soothing gladness of soul.
But joy brings peace and peace is still because peace is the space where the soul can heal.
But peace walks with patience and patience is lovely. What a relief when we do not act ugly.
Kindness can flow from a heart that is patient because kindness is known by a desire to be gracious.
Next on the vine, goodness joins kind because goodness describes God’s heart. God, if anything is always good, and goodness beside kindness is best understood.
To be a friend, to walk through a trial, to love when it’s hard is where faithfulness is found.
It may be the root of all the fruit, for faithfulness is lost now and needs to be found.
Gentleness, how lacking in this cruel world, is stolen, replaced by asserting ourselves. Passivity its counterfeit, but so far from right; Gentleness is strong and a soothing, warm light. To comfort, to calm, and quiet a fear. Gentleness works and draws us near.
But self-control beats a loud drum indeed. Dominance it needs in order to lead. The flesh needs a pause, self-control to rule, it’s payback is great, and it makes no fools.
So what is this fruit that comes from above? Is it useful and profitable and marked by love? Yes, winsome it is to a weary world and brings humility in midst of trial. So how can fruit be good to the taste? It is in spending time not in want or in waste. And linger in quiet, the Spirit transform. For an increase of His company is how to reform. The flesh or the Spirit, this forever our choice, until He returns and then we’ll rejoice!
By Valerie Rumfelt
Based on Galation 5:22-23
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