For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against these things there is no law… but there sure is a battle. I had a sweet conversation with “Mr. T” this morning after a blow up over the Wii. He’s so competitive. I was telling him he needed to remember that it’s just a game, if someone makes him mess up this time, he can just play it again later. His response was “I can’t…I have no self-control.” Me: well you need to ask God to help you have more self-control then. T: I have, it doesn’t help. Me: You know how God helps you develop self-control? He puts you in situations where you have to use it.
We have to stop and think about God and remember to ask for His help when the situation is in front of us. We need to be thinking about Him all the time. T: but I don’t remember to. I don’t think about Him much. Me: I don’t always either. Some days I do really well, and some days I don’t think of Him at all.
So we proceeded to pray and ask God’s forgiveness for not thinking of Him when we should, ask for His help in developing the fruit of the Spirit, ask Him to help us see everyday the gifts that He’s given us so that we can thank Him for them. And most of all ask Him to fill us with more of His Spirit so we can be more like Jesus.
Everyday is a battle to do just that. The cares of the world, the everyday stuff we have to do to put food on the table and clean laundry in the drawers can take up so much of our time and thoughts that God is crowded out. It takes conscious effort on our part to put God first. And if we ask for patience or self-control we better be prepared to be put in stressful situations. If we ask for more love, we’ll probably be put in a situation where we have to love the unlovely. But it’s the only way to know if we really are patient, loving etc. Persevere warriors! God bless.