22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. — Galatians 5:22-23 (CEB)
The fruits of the spirit have been on my mind a lot lately. Partly because we discussed them in my Journey 101: Knowing, Loving, and Serving God class a couple of weeks ago. Partly because during Trinity class on Sunday, during our reading of Rachel Held Evans’ book Searching for Sunday there was a quote from a man who told his homosexual son that he wasn’t manifesting enough fruits of the spirit and therefore was unworthy of receiving communion.
I think it’s awfully unloving to deny anyone – but especially one’s son – the Eucharist; that sacrament through which we acknowledge the sacrifice of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Why would anyone deny another the chance to acknowledge Christ’s sacrifice? Perhaps the father should reconsider who isn’t manifesting fruits of the spirit enough.
It is important to me that I cultivate these fruits. I can think of no better way of thinking(!) about “living a life in Christ” than by actively engaging the aid of the Holy Spirit in guiding me to cultivate these fruits.
As I think of all of the responses that we as a global community could have to the November 13th attacks in France, I have to say that I think the best thing for us to do is to share our fruits of the spirit with the world.
Love one another. Experience the joy of living a peaceful existence, especially when there are those that seek not peace, but destruction in our midst. Show patience with and kindness toward all, be faithful to your friends and God, be a gentle soul, and do not allow yourself to rise quickly to anger; instead, control your emotions and don’t overreact.
There is no law against these things.
There is no harm that can come from these things.