Verses for The Great Fifty Days
Day 38 in Easter
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
So are there nine different fruits of the Spirit or one fruit with all these flavors? Paul talks elsewhere about the variety of gifts of the Spirit, but the word ‘fruit’ here is singular. One fruit, many aspects. The Spirit is not love absent joy, or kindness absent patience; God is all these.
To be shaped by the Spirit of God is to be shaped by a grace, power and presence that embodies all these and more: courage, strength, hope, honesty, integrity. It does not take advantage of the weak or mock the poor. It does not profit at the expense of another. It does not lift itself up but lifts up others. It does not seek to be served but to serve. We have seen its face in the one who bends to wash feet and stretches wide his arms upon the cross, who trusted in God to open the grave.
This is the Spirit we are given. This is the Spirit seeking to bear its fruit in our lives.
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