There was a time when I had some disappointing days and years. Events I faced had not worked out well. So during my devotional time with the Lord, I questioned Him.
“Lord,” I asked, “Am I really a sub-standard Christian, since these situations have robbed me of love, joy and peace? After all, I am well aware that these are fruit of your Spirit. I lack them. I do.”
His reply, “Let me ask you a question. “Are you experiencing long-suffering, meekness, faithfulness, kindness, and self control?”
“Well, of course. These things that have plagued me have forced them to take hold,” I asserted.
“What, my child, is sub-standard about that?” He comforted. “Don’t forget that they are also fruit. They may be less interesting or esteemed in your eyes than the others. They may even be less sought after, but they are fruit of my Spirit. You are still my child and I am still working. Be secure and rest.”
This stopped some of the wrestling in my soul and brought a dimension of joy and peace that had evaded me for quite some time.
God works when we don’t even see it happening.
Galatians 5: 22, 23 (KJV) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
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