The Fruit of the Spirit

In the world of agriculture, God created everything for its own season. Grapefruits, lemons, and oranges hit their peak in the winter. Strawberries, pineapples, and artichokes hit the shelves in the spring. Summer brings us blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and tomatoes. And we can hardly wait for the apples, grapes, and pumpkins of the fall season. How wonderfully God created an agricultural calendar to give us ongoing nourishment.

There’s one fruit, however, that’s constantly in season—the fruit of the Spirit. These nine qualities (like grapes on one cluster) should be growing and continually bearing in our life. When we are rooted and grounded in Christ, the “sap” of the Holy Spirit takes the nourishment of the Word and transports it from the Vine (who is Jesus) to us, the “branches.”

Ask yourself: Am I more loving now than I was last year? More joyful? Do I have more peace? Am I more patient? Kinder? These qualities don’t suddenly appear. They must be grown. They should be constantly maturing in our lives.

No one can get joy by merely asking for it.

It is one of the ripest fruits of the Christian life, and, like all fruits, must be grown.

Henry Drummond

(Thank you to Dr. David Jeremiah for this devotion.)

 


 

The fruit of the spirit was shared through these folks:

Geralyn – PA

Bridget – KY

St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK

Gale – MN

David – CA

Gloria – FL

Sunny Knik Chapel – Wasilla, AK

Holly – TX

Russ – MN

Stephen – MO

Joy – MN

Christine – CO

Pam – WA

Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon – N. Jackson, OH

Dana – WV for Operation Christmas Child

Sandi – AZ

 


 

And, sharing these wonderful words from our family members:

Thanks for the great message.  Debbie ~ MN

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Thanks for sharing.  God bless you ALL!  Pat ~ IL

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Always appreciative of your ministry.  It is wonderful to have these crosses to give.  Most recipients are grateful … some, very much.  Joy ~ MN

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Recently, I ordered 400 crosses as handouts during a local festival.  It was amazing how many people enjoyed receiving them.  I would like to order more.  I am in the process of joining Jesus and learning to be a disciple. Giving out these crosses is a great way of opening up communication.   Christine ~ CO

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I want to spread the love of Jesus in a tangible form.  Some of these crosses will go in my OCC boxes; some will go in gift bags for cancer patients and some will go to Bible School, Christmas trees … so many ideas. Can’t wait!   Dana ~ WV

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,

faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23
 
 

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