For the next few weeks we will be taking a journey to a deep dark abyss. My heart. Your heart maybe. And I will call it:
” Ana, don’t just sing the fruits of the Spirit, know them”.
Why would I call it that?
One, I’m not creative.
Two, well because it’s true, when I write anything on my blog, I write to myself. I write with my whole heart, I think it, experience it, write it and read it, then te-read it 100x more. Then hope God looks down on me and says, “well done”.
When I was brainstorming about what I should blog about for a series, I right away knew that I wanted to touch up on Galatians 5:22. Clearly because I am perfect, I have all these fruits plus mangoes. HA, just kidding. I choose this because I lack, almost every fruit of the spirit is crushed by a flesh stone, and those stones are labeled; feelings, selfishness, evil thoughts and evil actions. Galatians, oh sweet Galatians, you test every part of my wicked mind and soul. Galatians. Our brother Paul always seems to strike a nerve. Personally that why he’s my favorite, and that my dear sisters is why I have chosen to take this on.
Disclaimer: I am NOT a theologian. What I’m writing about for every fruit of the Spirit, is my experience with them. How I’ve learned to accept these, love them and ultimately reach them to glorify God. I am a new woman in Christ and it is my privilege to have these fruits and to continue developing them.
We all know them right? If you go to any Christian store, it’s plastered on posters, key chains, there’s tons of novels based on these great gifts and even shirts. It’s so well know, there’s even a song for it that my daughters know by heart but seem to forget what it’s really saying. Anyone? I know I do. It’s safe to say we all have heard it, but do we know it? And as Christian woman, do we have to show them? For this week, I wanted to do an intro.
Let go see,
Galatians 5:22-25 (ERV)
“But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their sinful self. They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do. We get our new life from the Spirit, so we should follow the Spirit.”
We see here that a person who is a Christ follower. Those who have proclaimed Jesus as their saviors, those who have crucified their sinful self and who have given up their selfish feelings and evil ways by God’s grace he left us the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t stop there, it says, verse 25 We get our new life from the Spirit, so we should follow the Spirit.”
Not only as Christ followers do we give up our feelings, we give up our evil ways, and our selfish nature. We have someone who gives us hope. As a Christian woman we should be led by the spirit. Not the world, not your best friend, not that magazine you want to read, not FB. The Holy Spirit of our Lord God! Wow, this alone makes me feel so small. And thankful.
When I first read this about 2 years ago, I would say, “awe, so sweet. But I just don’t have that personality, I’m sure I’ll be fine. I don’t need to have any of them. I can be a Christian without them.”
From what I understood I wasn’t saved by actions, and that’s true BUT let us not forget that when we come to Jesus we change. Our actions change. That part I didn’t care to hear or care for anyone who made me feel convicted of it. I made an excuse for NOT showing/learning/seeking the gifts from the Holy Spirits because the process is like nails on a chalkboard for the flesh.
I remember one morning I woke up and said, God today I will be gentle. I’ll try it.
I went to the store and no joke, a lady cursed at me for touching her shoulder with mine on accident. I thought about gentleness and… I took a deep breath, the sound of words came out and right there infront of everyone I displayed… THE OPPOSITE. Ahhhh, how horrible if I could just track that woman down and apologize now. Being gentle was to much for my flesh. So I gave in and cursed the ABC’s to the woman.
We see that without the Holy Spirit we are selfish, we are quick to do evil or think evil (for those of you who are just so sweet and could never do wrong, dear sister we can sin in our minds too. ) We are lost. We have all fallen short.
My goal, to re-read this passage and really pay attention as to why God calls us to live in the Spirit. To also, appreciate the gifts and recognize that they are very much important, needed, crucial and life changing. Sorry ladies they are not an option, not as Christ loving, self sacrificing woman of God. I hope you hear my heart. I will expose many more short stories that make me a fool in hopes that you don’t. I can’t wait to see what I learn!
I love you all so much, next week we will look at LOVE. The first fruit. Now, I gotta go to the grocery store… Gentleness Ana. Gentleness.
Much love, Ana Nelson.