I’ve been having to work on a few things these past few months, areas in my life that need improving. I am not only trying to get healthier physically, but I am also trying to improve my spiritual and emotional health. I am cultivating spiritual fruit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
I am working to grow self-control in more than a few areas of my life. It is not easy! But when I have little successes, like not snacking between meals for a few days and taking the stairs instead of the elevator in hotels, I am encouraged to keep trying. Exercise and diet are only two areas where I need more self-control. Entertaining negative thoughts, being critical, talking too much at wrong times…I could go on, but I won’t. I can’t fix everything at once, but I can improve step by step, one day at a time.
Gentleness has never been one of my strong suits. But I am growing in that as well. When I mess up, I try to apologize and try again. I messed up big time about five weeks ago. I hurt someone. I didn’t mean to, but I did. I was not gentle in the way I spoke. I made amends by apologizing and asking forgiveness. Though it is a long, slow process, I am working on being more gentle in my speech.
Those are two pieces of fruit I’m cultivating.
Are you growing any fruit in your life?