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Bearing the fruit of the HOLY Spirit
Is not the same as bearing the harvest of success;
Success is the result of personal effort
Manís diligent endeavour and is material and finite.
Bearing fruit is the process
Of Spiritual growth, the inner working of GOD within our soul.
Bearing fruit is infinite.
Love, Peace, Joy and Hope----
The divine fruits of Infinite Grace
These fruits are conceived in vulnerability
Our submission to the commandments and will of a wonderful
LOVING, ALMIGHTY GOD and HIS REDEEMER CHRIST
A great SAVIOUR who taught us to love GOD and neighbour.
Love is sharing the woundedness of another
And offering the comfort of loving empathy and support
In time of need;
It is to be present when someone needs us,
An understanding of our commom human weaknesses
Joy is different from temporal happiness
All desire happiness, nobody wants sorrow
Yet, the greatest JOY comes from deepest sorrow!
Our Saviour, Jesus CHRIST, died on the cross at Calvary
TO free us from sin and death
HIS RESSURECTION POWER ensures reconciliation
With our heavenly Father and eternal life.
True JOY is everlasting.
If we never experience sorrow
How could we ever experience the meaning of true love
Or loyal friendship?
If we never experience joy
How could we have the loving sensitivity of the heart
To respond to others who need us?
It is not fame or success that bears real fruit.
The real fruit of the SPIRIT is in giving of self
Without compensating reward or reputation;
This spiritual fruit of JOY is born of forgiveness
And self- sacrifice.
True PEACE is a fruit that grows on the soil of FAITH
It is not a temporal truce between enmity;
It is independent of circumstances.
Peace comes from laying oneís problems
At the foot of the CROSS in faith;
Trusting in the DIVINE WILL
Of our Righteous and Loving GOD;
Accepting that in HIS WISDOM
HE will work all things for the good
Of those who love HIM.
This is the fruit of a PEACE that surpasses
HOPE is trusting in the INFINTE GOODNESS of GOD
Trusting in HIS COMPASSION
That HE, who would lay down HIS LIFE for us
Would give us enough light each day
And guide each step in living wisely;
That HE who numbers each hair on our head
Would protect us under HIS wings
That HE, our RESURRECTED and LIVING SHEPHERD
Would give us HIS GRACE to persevere
And run and complete the race
Towards everlasting life.
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