Live in the Fruit of the Spirit

Living the fruitWe all want to live our best, growing and learning to live out the fruit of the Spirit. For many of us, patience, self-control, gentleness and love will come when we focus on being more like Christ and knowing the Word.

Scripture to guide us

St. Peter tells us, “Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace. And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation, as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, also wrote to you,” (2 Peter 3:14-15. Jesus has patience with us, giving us many chances to turn our lives towards Him, forgiving our mistakes, showing us what to do. While it isn’t always easy to follow His example, we have opportunities to try.

And then, how do we exercise self-control? Sirach 37:31 says, “Through lack of self-control many have died, but the abstemious one prolongs life.” Many bad habits, from road rage to abuse of alcohol can lead to death while controlling your temper, being understanding and knowing your limits helps you in many areas of your life.

Gentleness is a beautiful quality Jesus exhibits in many different circumstances. One of my favorites is the story of the woman caught in adultery, in John 8. He does not condemn, but gently forgives and calls her to new life.

And then there is love! Jesus’ death is the ultimate example of love. St. Thomas tells us that highest form of love is “to will the good of the other.” Do we love others in that way?

Invite the Holy Spirit

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To learn more about the Fruit of the Spirit, take a look at my Bible Study.

This week, ask the Holy Spirit what fruit you need to grow in and then ask for an infusion of grace to grow where you need.the not lukewarm challenge

 

 

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