Six years ago I wrote a sermon on the Fruits of the Spirit when our oldest grandson was six. This week Max will turn twelve.
He had come across a series of books he called the value books. We currently have most of them in our existing church library. These books fit the fruits of the Spirit scripture very well. If you have younger ones or are grandparents and are curious, check them out.
In Paul’s letter to the Galatians we are given and blessed by his message of the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Fruit is fruit but we all know that fruit is grown not made. Each one of us has been given all these gifts but some come easier than others.
If we want to see the fruits of the spirit in our lives, if we want to show those fruits to others, then we need to feed on that which makes it possible. Because God is with us, God’s spirit is in us and God’s love lives in our hearts.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; are wonderful things that will grow in each of us if we let them.
God of justice, love, mercy, and power, we thank you for being with us and for giving us every good gift. Open our hearts, minds, wills and all our efforts, so that fruit pleasing to you might grow in each of us and serve to make your kingdom grow in our world.