“Fresh Fruit”

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the fresh fruit we can buy locally. You know, those strawberry fields where you can pick your own? You take a container and they weigh it going in and coming out. I’m just thankful they don’t weigh me going in and coming out! You find those plump, red, juicy berries that are at the point of perfection – five more minutes on the plant and they would be “too ripe,” yes, those must be eaten quickly.

We are now entering blueberry season. Oh, you can buy blueberries from all over the world before our local season, but they just don’t have that flavor that punches the inside of your mouth and hollers, “Hey, I’m here, don’t I taste wonderful?”

It just seems fresh fruit at just the right time can make your day a little brighter. I think that’s what Paul had in mind when he wrote about the “Fruit of the Spirit” in the passage above. Not the “faky, it’ll pass on looks, but no one wants to eat, it” fruit.

No, I think when we really show forth the Fruit of the Holy Spirit living within us, our lives will make people long to have some of what we have. We will truly be a blessing to others and make their day a little brighter.

Has someone made your day a little brighter, or your load a little lighter?

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