“By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Hello everyone! If you don’t know by now, this is what is called my “life verse”. It is the verse I base my life around. If I am in harmony with God and If God and God’s Spirit is at work, this verse is the result. Without God, earlier verses point to bitterness, envy, strife, jealousy, anger, quarreling, dissensions, etc being the center of our lives.
There is a place in the bible that says we reap what we sow. I do believe we are often the victims of circumstances beyond our control, but We can often find these good things in our lives. In my teens and early twenties, I often found myself the victim of “sour grapes” in my life. That bitterness was all consuming. In one version of the bible, it talks about what our life can be like without God, God’s spirit, God’s help: “a stinking accumulation of mental garbage, frenzied grabs for happiness… loneliness, competition, never being satisfied, temper, etc.
In another place in the bible, Jesus talked about sowing seeds. He talked about our lives being like a garden or a field. Jesus talked about sowing good things in our lives. He also said that paths, rocks, and thorns affect those good things God wants to sow in our lives. He said the path is like the times we allow the good things to be quickly or easily taken from our lives. The rocky ground is the troubles and burdens life can bring, scorching the good things God wants to give. The thorns are the busyness and worries and burdens of life. Jesus said God’s spirit is like the gardener that can help us deal with the busyness and burdens of life so we may reap a great harvest of fruitfulness that God wants us to have.
How do we allow God to be that Gardener who can help us reap the good things in life? It is the time of year we can look around and see the gardens and fields that have become overrun with weeds or choked by rocky ground. We can also see the flowers, crops, and fruit that are beginning to blossom and thrive.
From time to time, I have asked the question, “Are you, I, we: surviving, striving, or thriving? There is a popular song out there by the Christian group Casting Crowns. It speaks of how we can be like a tree that thrives in a dry and thirsty land.
“Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable
Love unstoppable, anything is possible”
It is too easy to allow the rocks and thorns to steal the fruit God wants to give. Starting the final Sunday of July and during August, we will deal with what that can steal the good things from our lives. Come and hear how you can reap a great harvest with God in our lives and how together, we can thrive