Posts Tagged ‘Galatians 5:23-24’

This vibrant garden scene

March 21, 2018

Jeremiah-17 7-8The Verse of the Day for March 21, 2018 is found in Jeremiah 17:7-8 in the New International Version:

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Here is the passage in the King James Version:

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

This familiar passages echoes the truths expressed in the First Psalm, one of my favorite psalms.

Psalm 1

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.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

When I think of the First Psalm, I also recall the first passage of scripture I ever committed to memory. In reflecting on these two related passages, I realized that the Verse of the Day for yesterday identified the fruit of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, resulting in a post entitled “Fruit of the Spirit in the Garden.” The passages from Jeremiah and Psalm 1 along with the reference to the fruit of the spirit merged in my mind, inspiring this fresh poetic response:

This Vibrant Garden Scene

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Psalm 1

Galatians 5:23-24


I have tasted your goodness and put my trust in you.

Assured of great promises, the Lord is my hope

Who strengthens my soul when I feel I cannot cope.

From deep waters you bless and refresh and make new.

Bearing fruit throughout every season of my life,

Love and joy never diminish, only increase.

Gentleness, goodness, and a great harvest of peace

Bring forth even in the midst of turmoil and strife.

Planted by the rivers as a bountiful tree,

Faithfulness and meekness rooted in self-control

Add to the fruitful harvest that restores the soul,

As fruit of the spirit abounds beyond all we see.

Even in times of drought, my leaves will remain green:

The boundless bounty of this vibrant garden scene.

We close with a musical rendition of the Verse of the Day from Jeremiah 17:7-8:

Fruit of the spirit abounding

March 19, 2016


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:

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.”