Strange Fruit 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” ~Galatians 5:22-23

For a long while now I have been fighting against myself and not dying daily as we are urged to do.  As a result of this, my spiritual fruits have suffered and have no resemblance to Christ. Just as a tree is known by its fruit, so is man. 

I had an epiphany the other day that I can only be who God created me to be. I have to continue being kind, thoughtful, merciful and loving regardless of how others treat me.  I will no longer allow my emotions to be manipulated. The Bible says in Proverbs 16:32 “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” We are expected to exhibit self control. The Lord has fully equipped with the ability to do so. We should reflect the  character of God to all we encounter. 

2 Peter 1:5-9 reads “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” With that being said I realized that I could not effectively witness for the Lord with the stench of my strange spiritual fruit rotting all around me. I was operating by flesh and not spirit and disregarding Galatians 6:7″Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” 

I was only offering love to those who loved me, I was not counting it all joy nor being content in each of my life’s circumstances, my peace was long gone, I had no concept of long suffering and was very petulant at the thought of having to wait for something, my faith tank was on empty, my gentleness depended upon my mood, and my self-control was questionable. It was obvious that I had not matured spiritually. 

I had forgotten all about the fruit of the spirit. Instead, my “works of the flesh” were evident.  But God has clearly warned us “…I tell you beforehand, just as I also tell you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” ~Galatians 5:21

I am glad God gave me this me this revelation. It feels so liberating to know that I have the power and kingdom of God within me because “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Romans 8:28 

He Loves Me

“The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere” ~James 3:17, NIV

God spoke to me today via one of my church members. He knows that I have a heavy burden pressing on my heart and sent this message to comfort me. 

I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned around and received this note: 

 It reads ” For you this week “Peace Be Still.” Well, God Himself might as well have penned it! I felt so grateful and emotional. If I may be candid for a moment, I still struggle with the notion of how much God loves me. I don’t deserve it yet He is still crazy faithful and loves me with an everlasting love. 

My God. 

Father, how grateful I am that you have found me worthy of your favor, mercy, and lovingkindness.  You know everything about me-even down to the amount of hairs that I have on my head, and yet you love me anyway. I thank you Father for seeing my pain and wanting to provide comfort. I thank You for Your compassion. I thank You for this message that I know was from You. Thank you for using such a sweet lady to send it. Thank You for Your reassuring Word Abba. In the healing blood of the Lamb, Amen.