Wednesday, November 6, 2019
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.
A wise church member once reminded me that to open the Bible is to find something that directly or indirectly applies to a particular issue facing you. This is because the Bible is God’s Word; it is how God communicates with us. It is alive and acting within our hearts as we allow God to speak to us. That’s the work of the Holy Spirit, moving in us through faith.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but read a passage like this one from Galatians to find renewed reasons to confess to God where I have failed in any these fruits of the Spirit – times when I have not loved my neighbor, when I have provoked another by my actions, when I have not exercised self-control or used kindness when I should. Forgive me, Lord. I don’t want to hold on to the anger or worry or anxiety that I have allowed into my life. These negative emotions overpower me and push away the positive attributes of the Spirit. They close me off from expressing the love and joy and peace I so wish to display.
With confession comes cleansing and forgiveness, for God is ready to wash us clean and help us start again to repair breaches we have caused. Then we can look at the fruits of the Spirit to try again to exercise in our daily lives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. May God help us live in His Spirit to the honor and glory of his name.
Fill me with your Holy Spirit, Lord. Let me welcome into my life the attributes of the Spirit, for they allow me to live as you would wish. I cannot find peace unless I willingly consent to be rid of all that splinters and tears us apart. I cannot love while holding on to hate. Remind me again that I belong to you. Christ has taken upon himself on the cross our earthly passions that cause much damage. Crucify in me that which is counter to your Spirit. Instead, let our steps match those of your Spirit, because that’s what you want for us. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.