Bearing Fruit

Sunday, September 16, 2007
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Galatians 5:22-23a – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (NKJV)

If we are willing to walk or drive through our towns and cities with open eyes, we are sure to see people who are homeless. How easy it can be for us to pass judgement on other people. I recently found myself in Toronto, which is a very large city, compared to the area in which we live. As I was sitting at a red light, I observed a man on the other side of the intersection who was walking between the stopped cars with a cup in his hand, seeking change from the people in their cars as they awaited the light to change. I saw some people roll down their windows and pass some change; others looked the other way; still others had a quick conversation with him as they rolled down their windows; and, yes, some even shared a smile with this man.

As the light changed and we all drove away, the man remained there waiting for the next cars to come to a stop. I assumed he would then repeat the process.

The next day and in the weeks to come, this event stayed with me. It challenged me as to how I react to the people whom the Lord places in my path.

In my Bible, I came across words like compassion, grace, and mercy. Then I came across the verse below, and I could rest assured that the Lord would be with me in my walk.

Colossians 1:10 – That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (NKJV)

Prayers were all that was requested of me that day, but I also know that if I allow the Lord to minister to me and if I keep faithful in His Word, then I will have all that I need for each situation of life.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, we are never sure how to react in all situations. Sometimes, a prayer is requested of us; other times, it may be a kind word or a helping hand. Thank You that You are always with us by Your Spirit, giving us support and the testimony of Your great love for this world. Help us to walk in obedience and compassion in all that we do daily. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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