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Fruit of the spirit in the garden

March 19, 2018

Galatians-5-23-24

The Verse of the Day for March 19, 2018 provides a list of “the fruit of the spirit” offered in the New International Version:

Galatians 5:22-23:

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.

This familiar passage brings to mind God’s desire that our lives should always abound in fruitfulness. No matter the season, we should always bring forth fruit, so says the Psalmist in the first Psalm, the first passage of scripture committed to memory as a youngster back in the middle of the 20th Century. It describes the man of God I continue to strive to be:

Psalm 1:1-3 (KJV):

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

A personal metaphor often used to describe my life is “a garden,” a place where the fruit of the spirit should so abound that those whom I encounter will partake of bounty of my life and be nourished and refreshed by my fruitfulness.

The following poem makes reference to such a place where the fruit of the spirit flourishes; here I cultivate those attributes which reveal a fruitful, bountiful life:

I Sing in My Garden

Oh, sing unto the LORD a new song!

Sing to the LORD, all the earth.

Sing to the LORD, bless his name;

 Proclaim the good news from day to day.

 Psalm 96:1-2

 

I sing in my garden and reap the good,

The bounty of living seventy-five years.

Each note seems to evoke a stream of tears

That fall, not because of some somber mood

But flow from a heart filled with gratitude.

The folk song of the farmer thrills my ears

Each time plowing, planting or harvest nears.

I compose my song, having understood

Lyrics I did not know when I was young,

When life was uncertain, my song unsure.

Now from my green garden I garner truth.

A song of conviction flows from my tongue.

I am seasoned and strengthened to endure,

Knowing the best lines are yet to be sung.

In thinking about life as a garden, the familiar gospel song often heard as we approach Resurrection Sunday comes to mind: “In the Garden” sung by Alan Jackson:

Fruit of the spirit abounding

March 19, 2016

Galatians-5-23-24

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:

He who abides in love abides in God

September 15, 2015

1 John 4--16

The Verse of the Day is found in 1 John 4:16 (NKJV):

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

The Amplified Bible expresses the verse this way:

16 And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.

In 1 John 4:8 we find an expression of who God is:

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Rendered in the Amplified Bible this way:

 He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.

For Christian believers nothing is more satisfying than to know that God is love and that God loves us, and nothing can separate us from that love.

Hillsong offers this reminder that “Our God is Love.”

In John 15:5, 8 (NLT) we find parallel scriptures used by Jesus, who speaks of a parable where he uses this comparison:

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

This reference relates the parable of the vinedresser, the vine, the branches and the fruit. That is, it explained how the Twelve were to produce a spiritual harvest for God.

The passage from John 15 records how Jesus, during the evening when he was betrayed and captured, said to the eleven apostles who remained at the table with him (Judas had departed and gone to betray the Lord), that his Father was a “vinedresser” (grape farmer), or “husbandman” as some translations have it, and that he, Jesus, was “the true vine”, and that those apostles were “branches” who were attached to Jesus, the Vine. In order to be fruitful the branches must “abide” in the vine. When the branches remain intact with the vine, God is glorified as the branches bear much fruit. When thinking of fruit, the fruit of the spirit comes to mind, and what is the principal fruit of the passage from Galatians 5:22-24? Love, as the Scriptures also remind us.

The accompanying photos show a fruitful vine from a vineyard that illustrates the parable where Jesus describes himself as “the true vine.” We conclude as Laurie Sterling offers another musical rendition of this metaphor: “You are the Vine.”

Fruit of the spirit abound in the garden of His presence

March 19, 2015

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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A Prayer for Patience

January 20, 2014

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

In thinking about the nine fruit of the spirit listed in the passage that is the Verse of the Day for March 19, 2014, I realize that one of those fruit seems to be in season for me. In a previous blog entry, I talk about one particular fruit of the spirit and that is longsuffering or patience. The entry “A Prayer for Patience” is re-posted here:

James 1--2-3

The Verse of the Day for January 20, 2014 brings to mind that as we wait on the Lord, we are not to waiting in a state of anxiety, not in a state of doubt or fear, as we encounter fiery trials.  Instead, the state in which we wait is the state of patience—we are patiently waiting. I recently came across this poem that I wrote as related to this important fruit of the Spirit:

A Prayer for Patience

“My suggestion for people in a season of birth or upgrade   

is to write out a prayer for patience and pray it every day.”  

Graham Cooke


For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance,

so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God,

and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.

Hebrews 10:36 (Amplified Bible)

I look back and pause and then look ahead to see

Clearly who God is, who He wants to be for me.

I still journey down the road less traveled by

And pray that patience may serve as a trusted ally.

I must say “No” to the pressures of this life

And say “Yes” to the rest God gives, despite the strife.

As I stay my mind on Him, I abide in peace.

When I praise God, works of the enemy decrease.

May I remain and not fall by the wayside as some

But like Job wait until at last my change shall come.

Patient endurance seems delayed for some reason,

But fruit abounds to those who wait in their season.

I pray that in this time of transition and shift

That I embrace waiting as a wonderful gift.

Hebrews 10:36 also offers this reminder in the New Living Translation:

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Knowing this, we can count it all joy when we encounter various fiery trials that test our faith and build patient endurance.

The Winans offers this musical reminder to “Count it All Joy.”