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    Bearing Real Fruit

     It is that gentle touch on the shoulder,
     A quiet word of comfort,
     That gives a sense of empathy,
     And alleviates distress.

     When wronged, it is the spirit of forgiveness
     Emanating from a warm loving heart;
     A kind response, that opens the channel
     For reconciliation and peace,
     A unity made possible with loving-kindness.

     It is when one considers others first, before self
     An innate desire to care, without remuneration;
     It is selfless devotion
     That gives joy to others.

     Bearing real fruit is only possible
     with the presence of the HOLY SPIRIT;
     It is giving with one hand with the other, not knowing
     It is living with joy, despite dreary circumstance
     It is loving and trusting in that soft, gentle
     Voice of GOD, Who tells us how much HE loves and cares  for us.

     Bearing fruit is not the success of personal work,     
     That caters only to our vain-glory,
     Not to GOD'S Glory!
     Bearing spiritual fruit comes from dying to self,
     It is a gift of GOD and praises GOD;
     When a grain of seed falls to the ground, it dies
     And bears fruit, not for self
     But for others.

                        Shirley Lau
 

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