Fruit of the spirit abound in the garden of His presence

The Verse of the Day for March 19, 2015 is a familiar passage related to “the fruit of the spirit.”

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

More than 10 years ago I composed a scripture memory song based on the King James Version of the familiar passage where the first three fruit were sung slowly and softly, almost in a whisper. The first syllable of “longsuffering” was sung strongly for several seconds to emphasize the meaning of the term. The remaining fruit were sung in succession with the final phrase being repeated.

Galatians 5:23-24 (KJV);

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,

longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,

faith, meekness, temperance:

Against such there is no law.

Against such there is no law.

The poem following poem  makes reference to the fruit of the spirit which should abound in the lives of believers who cultivate those attributes which reveal a fruitful, bountiful life:

In the Garden of His Presence

For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters,

laborers together) with and for God;

you are God’s garden and vineyard

and field under cultivation,

[you are] God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:9 Amplified Bible


In the garden of His presence, all grace abounds,

As love overflows from a fountain and resounds

With joy to quench the thirst wherever there is need.

Peace flourishes all around, sown from righteous seed.

Gentleness embraces the ears with no harsh sounds.

Overwhelming goodness of the Father astounds

The heart, as patience and temperance exceed all bounds.

From this ample harvest every soul God shall feed

In the garden of His presence.

As a fragrant flowering hedge, meekness surrounds

And thrives all seasons, as the gardener makes his rounds.

Though faithfulness is abundant, we still give heed

In following wherever the Spirit may lead,

As we stroll through bountiful vineyards of the grounds

In the garden of His presence.

As we walk in the presence of the Lord today, may the fruit of the spirit abound in our lives.

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