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Through all the minuscule details of my life God desired to shape me, but my flesh remained the champion until I could no longer bear myself. My mourning spirit begged Him to change me.
And He did, as I let Him.
Opportunities never cease to present themselves, and as each chance would come, I consciously began to notice how I would respond.
The Spirit implores us to sow seeds in our trivial acts to produce sweetness of character.
I started listening to the Holy Spirit when my flesh wanted to rise up and whine, argue back or parade around with a sour attitude. He would whisper, The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance… (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV).
Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary states that, “The fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 5:9; James 3:17, 18) are those gracious dispositions and habits which the Spirit produces in those in whom he dwells and works.”
In the Now
Eventually, the times I consciously responded properly came closer together and the temper tantrums were less frequent. I started to experience the verse that says, Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones (Proverbs 16:24 NKJV). I was delightfully surprised at the realization that I had began to look for ways I could be of help to someone other than myself.
The months went on and there were times I actually didn’t argue back or allow irritation to rise up in me. The fruit of the Spirit IS. It IS, as in the now, as in the time we call “the present,” and it IS in me!
Keeping free of the habits of the past are a major reason why we need to be before Him daily. There have been times, of course, that I failed and my sour response knocked me off my feet. During the years I have needed gentle reminding from Him; I let those reminders be a continual work toward sweetness of spirit. It isn’t easy, but I celebrate the small incremental victories because when they are strung together they equal change.
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:5 NKJV
Unpacking the Application
As you read this you may have felt that you needed to allow Him to work a greater sweetness of spirit in you. If so, then yield. Let your fruit ripen by letting Him use the trivial, as well as the major, circumstances in your everyday life. We don’t always see ourselves, so bravely ask those closest to you to point out your blind spots. Choose to change, and take the attitude reflected in the verse below.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. Psalm 119:71 NKJV
Are you willing to let your fruit ripen?
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