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The Cinderella Fruit

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22 ESV)

Love is popular. There are songs and poems written about it down the ages. Peace is almost as popular. Everybody wants Love, Peace and Joy at their party. Patience, Kindness, Goodness and Faithfulness are welcome everywhere but don’t get as much limelight as Love, Joy and Peace.

It is easy to spot those Christians where the popular fruit is growing. A loving person or a joyful person are hard to miss. Likewise people growing in peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness are easy to spot.

Self-control is the Cinderella fruit, easily overlooked and undervalued. Yet self-control is a fruit of maturity. We have all come across children who think the world revolves around them and want their desires fulfilled NOW. Hopefully as they grow and mature, with the training of loving parents, they learn a measure of self-control. But true self control is the result of the Holy Spirit working in a surrendered life.

Self-control refuses to be grumpy even when he is tired or hungry. Self-control doesn’t react aggressively when a driver cuts in in front of him or hoots at him. Self-control can discipline himself to spend time with the Lord on a regular basis. Self-control can stick to a diet, can get up on a cold winter’s morning without complaining, can suffer pain and illness without becoming a pain to others and can control his thoughts. Yet the person with self-control is not immediately obvious to all, although the opposite Is perfectly patent.

I am not sure whether the Holy Spirit grows these seven fruits evenly in our lives or whether He causes circumstances which grow a particular one at a specific time. I can certainly think of times in my life where patience training has been noticeable. What have other people experienced? Do you think the Fruit of the Spirit grow evenly in our lives or do certain of the fruit have growth spurts?

My Prayer

Holy Spirit of Jesus, please continue to grow Your fruit in my life that I may conform more closely to the image of Christ. Amen.

Wisdom

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you with my loving eye upon you.” (Psalm 32:8 NIV)

Wisdom is knowing how to live well. God promises to help us find wisdom.

Wisdom is not the same as knowledge. It has been said, “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.”

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This post is part of One-Liner-Wednesday.

Fruit Salad

I have two bird feeders in my garden, placed where we can watch birds while we are eating breakfast. One is a nifty cage that holds exactly one slice of bread and the other, a wooden pole with spikes and a platform for fruit.

Every morning I take out a slice of bread and check whether I need to replace the apple. Yesterday I saw there was no bread and no fruit for the birds. I had only one apple left so I gave the birds half and I ate the rest.

This morning, much to my surprise, this is what I saw. My apple is the green one on the left.

There was another whole apple, bits of apple, a halved plum, a grenadilla and two lychees. It was a bird fruit salad. It will be a long time before the birds are finished with all that bounty.

I could almost hear the Lord say, “I will provide.” Now that my husband and I are on pension, I do sometimes worry about money. Will we be able to maintain our 20-year-old motorhome? Will be still be able to go on holiday?

The bird fruit salad was a good reminder to me that God has infinite resources. When I entrusted my life to Christ, I trusted Him to provide for me. His provision is not miserly, but overflowing, generous, prodigal. There is no reason to think that, just because we are no longer working, God has ceased to be our Provider.

I suspect my granddaughters were involved in spreading a feast for the birds. Of course, the birds don’t know that, any more than we know how God will provide. But He will.

Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matt.6:25-26.)

This post is part of JusJoJan. Thanks to Linda Hill for running this challenge.