“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:23
One of our authors was interested in having some sort of “free for all” month when we could write on any topic. After discussion we decided to select “fruit of the spirit” as our theme for December. Although we are limited to the nine qualities above, this still allows us a wide range of verses and ideas for blogging.
The fruit of the spirit also seems especially appropriate for the Christmas season. This is a time when we should experience this fruit as we eagerly await Christ’s birth. But do we? Sometimes this season of joy and peace becomes filled with stress and discord. Our patience is tried as we attempt to do it all: shopping, baking, entertaining. Instead of being kind, gentle and loving, we become tired, irritable and whiney. Self control is lost as we participate in the gluttony of eating, drinking and gift-giving.
Surely this is not what Christmas is about. So join into our blog discussions and let us know how this Holy Season is affecting you. Is the fruit of the spirit evident in your life? How can you cultivate this fruit? Let us know what you think.
God loves you and so do I!