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For the last few days I keep returning to same portion of Scripture. In writing to the Galatians, Paul gives a list of misdeeds, or behavior we should not exhibit in our lives. But it is the list of behaviors we should possess that fully has my attention lately.

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 5:22-23, NASB)

My commentary states these characteristics are listed in groups of three: love, joy, peace; patience, kindness, goodness; and faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.It then goes on to say this:

“Lightfoot suggested the following categorizations of the nine graces: the first three comprising habits of the Christian mind, the second reflecting social intercourse and neighborly concern, and the third exhibiting the principles that guide a Christian’s conduct. More simply still, J. Stott has described this list as a cluster of nine Christian graces that portray the believer’s attitude to God, to other people, and to himself.”


(from The New American Commentary, Vol. 30, page 399)

The list of these traits can seem daunting, as who can possibly have all of these in every given days. Yet we are told the Holy Spirit begins His work in our lives the moment Christ entered our lives.

It is the work of the Holy Spirit that develops or produces the qualities, the character, of Jesus in us.

But here is what keeps gnawing at my soul – it is fruit that He alone produces.

Different fruit grow on different trees, in different seasons, and in different orchards.

We are all unique and different persons and the rate of fruit growth in our lives will be different. None of us grow at the same rate, develop the same fruit, or at the same time.

As we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, going back to the quote from my commentary, we will find our lives functioning by godly principles. Those very principles will enable us to walk with God, get along with others, and struggle less within ourselves.

God alone knows how He will produce the fruit in our lives.
It is our role to submit to the process,
and He will grow the fruit in our lives.

Sometimes a photo can speak a thousand words. That is what happened when I saw the photo Lisa Brittain shared in her post, “We all have roots” HERE. Then she shared her words: “Be a hero for your generations and your family name.” Read her post and be blessed.




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