” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” [Galatians 5 : 22-25]
If you go through Perth down the Glasgow Road and turn left at the Dewar Roundabout and then left again to the Mustard Seed Café and Community Hob. It is run by Christian Fellowship and is a busy thriving centre for people to meet in the café. The last time I was there I was reading all the posters and signs all of which had an inspiring Christian Message.
The most inviting was a massive picture of a fruit scone, topped with luscious cream and strawberry jam. It looked so inviting and the message was, “The fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace…….” A most appropriate picture as it conveyed fruit in a different way. It looked lovely and wholesome [well except for the cream] but something inviting and delicious anyway.
In these words, St Paul talks about the Christian Life which should contain these virtues and in having these virtues it means that we are living well. A good life, that is attractive to others as we do not cause harm but good everywhere we go, having patience with people, having respect for others, all these things which help us travel through everyday life. Did you notice that Paul points out that, “against such things there is no law”. So not only living well but coping with the stresses and struggles of life as we know that we have God to turn to in the worst of times. Because who else is big enough to take on our burdens especially when we feel overwhelmed, who else can we talk to when words fail us. In His mercy God hears us and walks with us and brings us His Comfort and His Peace.
Let us look at a few of these virtues, LOVE IS a choice we make and the type of love Paul talks about Agape is a type of care and concern for others. Looking for the best for them, loving enemies as well as nearest and dearest. Loving those who have jumped the queue in Tesco’s and start a long conversation instead of emptying the basket. You know what I mean. A deep breath and a bit of patience and understanding, ask for help from the Holy Spirit because some people only get the chance to speak when they are at the shops.
Finally, Peace which is being settled in the knowledge that God is in control and has a plan for you. A person who has peace is a comfort to be around. You can feel how grounded they are. How steady. People who are unsettled tend to lean in to people who have peace. This is because the Peace of God quiets the heart and allows the person to hear the Holy Spirit.
LET US PRAY
Thank You for Your patience and understanding when we struggle with practising the Christian Virtues, we recognise that we are not perfect, but we aspire to live the life You would have us lead.
Thank You for the Holy Spirit who guides us and supports us in all of the areas of our lives and is always there to help us in every conversation we enter into, with every action and decision we make.
Thank You for Jesus who taught us so much of Love in its purest form Agape, the love and care for one another and of Your Love for us which is beyond our comprehension it is so deep.
We ask in the name of Jesus our Saviour and Lord. AMEN
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