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Fruit of the spirit in the garden

March 19, 2018

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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 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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