Fruit of the spirit abounding


The Verse of the Day for March 19, 2016 is a familiar passage related to “the fruit of the spirit.”

Galatians 5:22-23 (Holman Standard Christian Bible):

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

More than 14 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, softly, almost in a whisper. The first syllable of “longsuffering” (l-l-l-o-o-o-n-n-n-g-g-g-suffering) 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.

I also recall a teaching series heard a number of years ago entitled “The Fruit of the Spirit is not for Display.” The essence of the message related that the fruit of the spirit is more than an arrangement of plastic fruit set on display on a dining room table when no one is sitting down to dine. On the contrary, the fruit of the spirit should so abound in us that those whom we encounter will partake of bounty of our lives and be nourished and refreshed by our fruitfulness.

The 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 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.

JumpStart 3 offers a contemporary, musical rendering of Galatians 5:23-24:

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