Bearing Spiritual Fruit
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 Spiritual fruit is the process
Of Spiritual growth, the inner working of GOD within our soul;
Bearing fruit empowered by the Infinite!
Love, Peace, Joy, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Humility and Self-control,
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 with all our heart, mind and soul
And love our neighbour as ourself!
This Agape Love is sharing the suffering of another,
And offering the comfort of loving empathy and support
In time of need;
It is to be always available when someone needs us,
A symbiotic understanding of our common human weaknesses and vulnerability.
Joy is different from temporal happiness,
All desire happiness, nobody wants sorrow,
Yet, the greatest JOY comes from deepest suffering!
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 pain and sorrow,
How could we ever experience the meaning of true love or loyalty!
If we never develop patience and power
How could we build integrity and
Strength of character!
Courage is the product of persevering,
In-spite of opposition,
Believing Almighty God will vindicate
Those who uphold His Way,
And do His will!
How could we have the loving sensitivity of the heart
To respond to others in affliction?
It is not fame or success that bears real fruit.
The real fruit of the SPIRIT is in the giving of self,
Without compensating reward or recognition!
This spiritual fruit of JOY is born of forgiveness
True PEACE is a fruit that grows on the soil of FAITH.
It is not a temporal truce between bouts of enmity,
It is independent of circumstances!
Peace comes from laying oneís problems
At the foot of the CROSS, in faith,
Trusting that Christ will work all things for the good of those who love Him!
This is the fruit of a PEACE that surpasses
Faith is trusting in the INFINTE GOODNESS of GOD,
Trusting in HIS COMPASSION,
That HE, who lay down HIS LIFE for us
Would give us enough light each day
And guide each step in living humbly and with self-control.
That HE who numbers each hair on our head
Would protect us under HIS Almighty Wings
That HE, our RESURRECTED and LIVING SHEPHERD
Would give us HIS GRACE to persevere
And patiently run the race
For the crown of eternal with Him!