I'm thinking on the fruits of the Spirit today. Or more importantly, God is putting it on my mind.
Of course, the first thing I do is Google! Wikipedia says this, "The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a Christian life according to Paul the Apostle in his Letter to the Galatians"
BUT I THINK THIS MISSES THE POINT. The fruits of the spirit are not things we strive towards, they aren't a list of attributes of a "good Christian", THEY ARE GIFTS! Cause thank goodness, if I had to do all that on my own, I’d never get it done. Seriously, I’ve spent years beating myself up on any number of those things that I’m NOT. Hello, waistline, have you met self control? Evidently not! Patience? Have you seen me try to get out of the house in the morning? Not my strong suit.
We get "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control GIFTED to us when we ask the Holy Spirit into our lives! We can ask Him to fill our tanks, to soothe our wounds, to cover us completely. Because it's not in our striving to achieve we please Him, it's in our accepting the gifts already given. So go forth my sisters, know that you can stop striving and just start accepting! YOU ARE WORTHY, YOU ARE LOVED!
I love you and so does He,