Thursday, June 19, 2008

Exercising the Fruit of the Spirit

My husbands family from Tennessee have been visiting for two weeks and they stayed with us the duration of that time here in California. Without saying too much... has anybody seen National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation? The movie had it's funny moments, but I was living it and was not laughing. There was one day towards the end of their stay with us, every open minute that I had, I was reading pages of the Bible on how to love the unlovely and the unlovable only to feel unlovely feeling like I had been. I needed God's help to love. I kept going to the fruit of the spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I noticed that love was the first mentioned and self-control was the last one mentioned. These fruits are placed like book-ends to very meaty self help books sitting on a shelf in the Bible. There was a reason why Galatians had the fruit of the spirit in that order. I wasn't feeling any of the fruits at that time, but when I focused on love and self-control I noticed that the rest came more easily. It was a lesson that I thought I already had down and realized that I had not anywhere come close to arriving to. I still haven't and probably never will, although I will always strive too.

I kept asking myself why was this happening at a time when our family should be healing from six months of pain and suffering? There is always a lesson to be learned from our experiences in life, even if it is BIG or small.


  1. My goodness, Angela I didn't realize that was the reason you didn't have a minute to post....

    Your post today is one of the best "Saturday" meditations I've ever read....I will borrow that when I have teaching a Bible Study in the future..

    That is INSIGHT dear one...INSIGHT.

    Love and Hugs
    ***is Hugs a fruit of the Spirit?

    Wanda Mom loving on you ~~

  2. Too bad we can't choose our relatives as carefully as we choose our friends.
    Knowing you, they always felt welcomed and loved, even if you weren't feeling it.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer. You certainly deserve it.


  3. Wow! exercising the fruits or gifts of the Spirit is our Bible study that I took earlier this year and am taking now with the pastor and 399 of my best friends! I love your insight! That is a great help to me who see herself as a servant/slave and exhorter. We learn from one another. Another example of the body edifying the body. Thank you, Angela!

  4. 2 weeks!! as much as you can love someone, that's a LONG time!
    Yes, I love that movie! :)

  5. what a great post I agree with
    Jeanne I am sure you made your visitors feel very welcomed and loved

    hope we get together soon

    love and hugs

  6. Glad to know that you found comfort in your "lesson".

    Sometimes we all need to have our lessons repeated. We probably get a bit careless or lazy and forget.

    I hope that it "takes" this time. I expect it might return, at least, it does for me. Just when I think I have mastered something, POW, I get the opportunity to relearn.

    Operating from a position of love isn't as easy as it sounds.

    May love and peace be with you always.

  7. LOL That reminds me of the saying I told Gina while we were visiting her in SC! Company is just like fish, after 3 days it STINKS!!! tee hee HOPE YOU got a chuckle! Long time no hear from YOU! HOPE all is well! xoxoxxoox, Cinda