As we give our life to Christ, His Holy Spirit comes to give us help in getting rid of our sinful nature and begin a new life with Him. HIs kind of fruit of the Holy Spirit is what He produces in our lives as we go from old to new. “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT). Two I noted was self-control and patience. Self-control, I do okay with but it takes intentional pursuing with action along with much prayer. Self-control starts when kids (adults too), at the checkout counter are tempted by the candy as they move toward the cash register. Patience is one of the hardest words in the Bible. We do not like it when God tells us to be patience and wait on His timing. I try to keep my request open and not my way and timing. Lack of patience leads to anxiety. We overspend our time waiting and worrying on God or someone and we probably have no control over the subject. In the NLT Bible version there are 212 references using the words wait or waiting. The crazy thing is God’s timing is always perfect in all circumstances. He may not have my answer, but He will not leave me. Recently, His timing was perfect when we moved 2 years ago and also started the Parkinson’s support group. This was partly due to our prayers did not always include timing. While we hoped our house was sold quick, we did no anticipate selling in 4 hours.
Which fruit are you doing well and need to pray to keep going?
Which fruit of the Holy Spirit needs work?