July 26, 2012
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)
As I read this scripture today, I started to question whether all these fruits are evident in my life right now.
We have a tool in RDAP called an Attitude Check. This tool is used to identify when we are struggling with a certain attitude and to think of a time when we displayed this attitude is a positive way.
So I think I need to do a fruit of the Spirit check. I need to check myself to see if there is any wicked way in me. I need to check to see if I am being fruitful and multiplying His fruits.
LOVE – Am I showing God’s love to everyone I come in contact with? Even my enemies? I think I can answer YES to this question. I did pray for my enemies last week when they stole the fan I was using in the gym. And I also prayed for the guard when she spoke down to me yesterday. I held my tongue from snapping back and loved her in spite of how I felt at the moment.
JOY – Am I counting it all joy when facing trials and temptations? YES – I refuse to be robbed of my joy. Having joy in spite of my circumstances is what keeps me going. And when people see joy, they see Jesus.
PEACE – Am I a peacemaker when everything around me is chaos? YES – I have an inner peace and I encourage and promote peace to others. While I am not afraid of confrontation anymore, I definitely seek peace first.
PATIENCE – Do I have patience for others or simply tolerance? This is a very good question… I think I may be failing in this area. I’m tired of learning patience and I might be practicing tolerance more than I’d like to admit.
So how do I fix that? Trust that God’s timing is perfect. Trust that there still must be lessons if I think I’ve mastered this fruit. Ask God to let me see people through His eyes so I will have more compassion on them.
Patience is a difficult fruit. Sometimes it is forced. But there are such great rewards when patience is a part of my life.
There’s still 5 more fruits to check myself on, but I’m gonna stop and focus on having more patience today.
To be continued tomorrow…