Good morning, peeps!
Why y’all leave your girl out there like that yesterday??
So, I talked about the fruit of patience that God seems intent on pulling out of me lately and how I am not a fan. I mentioned how I am glad that at least it’s not the “longsuffering” fruit because I already have plenty of it. Well…this morning I started singing the “Fruits of The Spirit” song and thought, “Well, that doesn’t sound right. I’m missing one of ’em. Let me look it up.” Galatians 5:22-23 reads:
ESV translation: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
KJV translation: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Hold up! Are patience and longsuffering the same thing?? What in the world?!
Look, I am a KJV girl. I grew up on the stuff and that is the only translation I really know, so I thought I was saying something snazzy yesterday with my “I guess I should be grateful it’s not the “long suffering” fruit, even though I think I have enough of that laying around to make some pretty tasty jam” comment. Nope. It’s the same fruit. Ugh.
As I read the verses, the word that seemed to be flashing on my screen was “Spirit”. See, that’s what I’ve been saying this whole time, God! This is the Spirit’s fruit – why can’t You just give it me? You wanna know what came to me? “You have to yield to Spirit first.” The image that popped into my mind was one of pulling potatoes in a garden. Have you ever had the joy of doing that? If you said ‘yes, I’ve had the joy’, let me be the first to tell you: something is seriously wrong with you. There is not a lick of joy in that. It’s usually hot outside, bugs snackin’ on every exposed inch of skin you have, and your back hurts. And don’t let the dirt be hard because you’ll be all day trying to get that potato out. It’s when the ground is soft that it’s easier to….ooooh. Right there is when I got it.
Ouch. I give.
You know this fruit of the Spirit is going to be cultivated one way or the other, right? God is intent on bringing forth love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We can make the process harder than it has to be if we resist. I’m not saying that it will be easy peasy if we’re not kickin’ and scratchin’ the whole way, but it will hurt a lot less if we just yield. Have great day.