Fruits of the Spirit


I recently signed up to receive a daily email with reflections related to the scripture texts for each week.  I like what Pastor Steve, a United Methodist pastor living in Massachusetts has to say.  Our text for tomorrow is from Paul’s letter to the Galatians, chapter 5.  We’ll explore what it might mean to be free to live in the Spirit.  Below are Steve Garnaas-Holmes words on the fruit of the Spirit.  May they bless you.  Hope you can join us at 9 or 10:30 am.

Grace and peace,



The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

—Galatians 5.22-23

However the Spirit works in you,
work with that Spirit.
However the Spirit bears love in you,
let that love grow.
If beauty or friendship feed your joy,
bathe your heart in those things.
If words or silence nourish your peace,
give time to them to bless you.
If baseball makes you more patient
then play baseball.
Whatever nourishes the Spirit in you
practice, that it may bear fruit.

And whatever diminishes
your kindness or generosity,
whatever chokes your faithfulness,
or diverts your gentleness and self-control,
whatever assaults the Spirit and its life in you,
let go of those things.
If watching the news or working too long
drains your compassion,
then repent of those things
and pray that you find a way
to tend the Spirit in you,
whose fruit already is there within you,
whole and life-giving, quietly ripening.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Grover wrote:
if we will just abide in him, he will take care of the fruit. We don't have to work at producing fruit, we just have to work at anbiidg. This too is my goal. Abide moment by moment.

Sat, March 15, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

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