2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Humility, gentleness, patience, and the ability to put up with others faults. Which of these is the hardest for you? If you try to be a person that lives these out in your own strength what is the result? I know that I fail miserably in my attempts to be humble. My flesh isn’t nice and gentle and when I strive to be patient I find that I get frustrated. I also don’t do well at putting up with other people’s short comings. Basically, i can’t do it alone.

Thank God that these are part of the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. That means that we don’t have to try in our own strength to accomplish these. We can rely on the Holy Spirit to bring them forth in our lives. We abide in the vine, He produces the fruit.

But even these fruit of the Spirit don’t mean a thing when not supported by and motivated out of love. Love is what makes it all work. Love is that “God particle” that is the answer to so many questions and problems in this world. With God’s love in us, we can be all that He has called us to be.

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  1. BigBuck

    All of them can be hard! When I try to do them in my own strength I eventually boil over and explode like a time bomb. Then have to pick up the mess and get agitated on how I allowed that to happen. I’ve learned it is so much easier to draw on strength from the vine and stay plugged in rather than unhooking thinking I got this only to get thrown back to the drawing board. Sitting in a hamster cage going round and round . Then trying to find things to numb your stupidity and becoming a reprobate mind. Wow! What a vicious cycle!!
    Praise God for his easy yoke and light burden. I love the narrow path!

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