In Priscilla Shirer’s Jonah Navigating a Life Interrupted she speaks about patience
…”it’s one of the aspects of the fruit of God’s Spirit I need to take a few more bites of.”
These are the fruits of the spirit as noted in Galatians 5:22-23.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Let’s sit down at the table with the Holy Spirit. Beverages are available: cheeses and crackers are arranged on a sterling silver platter. In a beautiful crystal bowl is an assortment of fruit. What do I choose? Which fruit of the spirit is speaking to me?
Is it kindness? I work with several Chatty Cathys. I need not respond to each and every word out of their mouths. I can detach from them with kindness. Let’s take three bites.
Maybe it’s peace I need to bite into. This world is so broken. Tensions abound on a national, federal, state and local level. There’s the eggshells within one’s own home. Step back. “Be still and know that I am God.” Let go and let God. Open mouth, insert four bites.
Forbearance (aka patience) offers me serenity. Breathe in. Count to 10. I’ll take a giant bite. No, I’m shoving it all in.
Should I chomp into some self-control? Stop some overreacting. Be confident in my thought processes. Think before I speak. Let’s shove in three bites.
You need a bite or two of fruit?
In His Grip,