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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.

What Shall I Wear?

In a week’s time, winter will be officially over. The larger clothing stores have already had their winter sales more than a month ago but on Saturday a little shop at a nearby mall was selling out winter clothes at R30 for any item. Few women could resist such a bargain and I was not one of them. I bought myself two long sleeved tops. I wore one of them over the weekend.

This morning I checked the weather forecast to see that the temperature would go up to 24 degrees and down to 9. I wanted to wear my second new top but thought it would probably make me too hot in the middle of the day. However, we were going out early and it would still be cold for a couple of hours. Moreover, the weather will be warming up over the next week and I might not get another opportunity to wear my new purchase until next year! What should I do?

We are often faced with decisions about what to wear. We have to weigh up the weather, the occasion, comfort, looks, our mood and various other subtleties. My Bible had some very clear instructions this morning. I read Colossians 3:12:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (NIV)

My Prayer

Father God, Please help me to clothe myself in garments You consider fitting for Your Princess. Amen

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