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Fruits of the Spirit

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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

There are nine ‘fruits’ mentioned in Galatians. The word fruit is used to help us understand the result of the holy spirit. Just like any apple or peach, fruits of the spirit take time to ripen. It needs proper water and sunshine to thrive. Taking time to read scripture or tending to the weeds created by past sin can make for a strong and tall tree.

Love,Goodness,Kindness & Patience

Love in a biblical sense is chosen, and it always seeks to benefit others. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility value others above yourself.”(Philippians 2:1-3). In my opinion, biblical love and the fruits of kindness and goodness go hand in hand. Goodness represents a sense of what is morally right and kindness is the expression of that goodness unto others. Mastering goodness and kindness is key for learning biblical love for our brothers and sisters. Patience is equally as important. Usually patience is linked with speaking the gospel to others. We’re called to be patient with each other as God patiently waits for the broken.

Joy,Peace & Gentleness 

I hear about peace a lot in devotions and church sermons, but before I was involved in a church I was always so angry. That's because the world can’t offer us peace. Sure our favorite things make life easier but true peace through the Lord is unlike any stress relief tactic out there. The book of Phillipians tells us to rejoice, bring all our worries and fears, and then fill ourselves with the truth. On the other hand, joy seems to be more of an overlooked subject. Joy to me is an extreme happiness and sense of security. John 15:4-11 says “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” I heard somewhere that gentleness is the grace of our souls, it’s the opposite of selfishness and self interest, making it vital for peace within christ. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)

Self control & Faithfulness

Through Self control, we’re allowed the option to say no to the things we know are sinful and wrong. We’re also given the option to make the correct decisions; and choose to say yes to God. Our faithfulness to God is a constant choice to obey him. Choosing to do what seems harder or more difficult because we have faith that he knows what’s best. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Best wishes,


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The Little Things

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I rely on FM radio, particularly sports talk shows, to keep me sane as I drive. Sometimes it works, but usually it doesn’t.  However, one night God made sure I was tuned in. 

 As I was heading home that night, I was listening to Duane Walker hoping for new updates on the Coronavirus affecting sports or what the Falcons did wrong this time. Instead, he told an anecdote about how God works out all things, big or small, for our good. 

Walker explained he was alone shopping at Costco preparing for the upcoming pandemic. Walker bought meat, bread, milk, and the diamond in the rough: toilet paper. He made it out alive, grabbing the last of the Charmin on the shelves. As he was leaving, a lady came in alone, buying the essentials for herself. She was in her mid 50’s and in a wheelchair. He re-entered the store, following behind her seeing if she needed any help. She was frustrated that there was not any toilet paper and how she did not want to make a special trip just for it. He went and asked the stocker of the aisle to check if there was any more in the back. 

The stock boy more in the back. However, someone had miraculously decided they did not need anymore and put their rolls back. Walker claimed those rolls for the lady before they could hit the shelves. He greeted her with the toilet paper and they struck up a conversation. 

They talked about their families, jobs, and everything in between. He explained he was a radio host trying to put his daughter through college. She said she was an author and had just published a book. “Turning Lemons into Raspberry Lemonade” was a biography of Shirley Merrit, the author, her struggles, and her overcoming of Multiple Sclerosis. The woman thanked Duane for his valiant efforts and they parted ways.

 The next day Duane Walker bought the book. He wanted to learn about his new friend and what she had to say. He opened the book, read the introduction, and his jaw dropped at a particular line. Merrit says, “I hope my life story will serve as a medium to inspire, motivate, and uplift those individuals…” 

He immediately called Ms. Merritt and shared his astonishment. He pulled out his radio business card and read the small but significant one liner at the bottom,“To inspire, motivate, and uplift.” 

Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Through church, scripture, and devotions, we learn that God works in our lives. He has a plan that is much bigger and grander than we can ever imagine. However, in that message, I think we lose focus on the small, the daily, even the hourly things that God has for us.  

Living in quarantine is difficult. Most of us are confined to our houses, stuck inside waiting on things to get better, a day we cannot pinpoint on a calendar. Our weekly schedules are now missing community and fellowship. With no end in sight, it is hard to see God moving all around us. But, he is very visible in the small moments we take for granted. Whether it be a text message, a phone call, or just a social media post, He is working. 

 I challenge everyone, whether your day is busy or empty, take some time to find God around you. He’s always there. 

 "All the trees of the field will know that I am the LORD; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will perform it." Ezekiel 17:24

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