"...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
A few months ago I was blessed to be able to attend one day of my church's women's retreat being held in a picturesque little town near my home. Not only was it lovely to be able to spend the day learning from God's word with other women from my church, but our speaker gave some helpful insights into the topic of the fruit of the Spirit.
Love Magnets by Wild Apple Design
In this section of Galatians, Paul has been writing about not living by the sinful nature and contrasting this with what it is like to live by the Spirit. One of the points our speaker made, which particularly struck a chord with me, was that while many may think of the "fruit of the Spirit" in the plural, it really is just one fruit with several aspects. In other words, while we may display or put into practice one or more of these traits better than others, we need to work at every aspect of the fruit of the Spirit.
Joy earthenware tile by tilesmile
For me, this means that I should not be making excuses for my impatience or shortcomings in other aspects of the fruit of the Spirit. As a believer in Christ, I should be making the best efforts to display ALL aspects of the fruit of the Spirit, not just the ones I "like the most" or the ones towards which I feel God has particularly inclined my nature.
As you look through our CAST Friday finds for this week, perhaps you can think about the fruit of the Spirit in your life. Which aspects do you feel you are more inclined to display? And which ones do you need to work on and pray about?
Peace glass tile pendant by New Hope Beads
Patience necklace by Echoes of Stars' Designs
Bee kind charm necklace by Sissy's Pretties
Fruit of the Spirit tote by his love endures forever
Faith ornament by Wordz of Life
Fruit of the Spirit bracelet by Simply Grace Designs
Fruit of the Spirit tag necklace by Bracelets by Linda