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From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine],
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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.  No. 187

Getting to know
God together.

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THE FRUIT OF GOD’S SPIRIT. 
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We picked the first beans from our garden yesterday. They were plump and tender green - and delicious to eat. Much better than the shop beans because they were so fresh. We are growing all sorts of vegetables and fruit in our garden. The strawberry plants give us lots of fruit every day to go with ice cream for tea. It is lovely to pick the garden fruit and veges that God gives us, and bring them straight into the house and eat them. YUM!  Banana trees in our garden grow long bunches all by themselves, and we just have to cut them off.  God Himself causes the fruit to grow on the trees.

We have sugar mills in Queensland where we live. The men there work hard. They have to work until they get sweaty and tired. It is hot and steamy in the mill. The big machines make very load noises, and it is not very pleasant in those mills getting sugar out of the cane. The men certainly earn their money from the bosses.

God’s Word talks about  “fruit” and “works.” The Bible tells us that God doesn’t want our “works” of the “flesh.” This means that God does not want us to struggle and strain to do good things, and try to make ourselves pleasing to the Lord by our own efforts. He wants to grow the fruit of the Holy Spirit in us.
What kind of fruit is that, you might ask?
Let’s look at God’s Word, it tells us all about the fruit of the Spirit:
“ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”  (Galatians 5:22,23).

That fruit of the Spirit can grow and grow in your own life, if you let God do it in you. What is the fruit like? Well it is not “works” like the men’s work in the sugar mill. God’s fruit of the Spirit doesn’t come in our lives by struggle and trying hard and getting all hot and bothered. God’s fruit of the Spirit grows quietly in our lives like the strawberries growing in our garden, or the beans growing on the plants. Some Christians try hard and struggle to try to make their lives pleasing to God, but they never have success. God wants us to relax and let Him grow the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. We need to ask God to fill us with His Spirit and the His fruit.

What does God mean by those words in Galatians chapter five?
Let’s have a look at each one, so you can see if they are growing in your life:
“LOVE” is God’s love in you for other people;
“JOY” is that happiness that only the Lord can grow in your heart;
“PEACE” is God’s own peace that shows you inside yourself that He is looking after you, and everything is OK because He is with you;
“LONG-SUFFERING” is being able to put up with what other people do, and still to be able to love them and help them;
“GOODNESS” is God’s own goodness in us. God is good, and He wants to make you and I good like Him;
“FAITH” is to be able to trust God with everything, because His Spirit is showing you that you can rely on Him always;
“MEEKNESS” is the opposite of being proud and difficult. God wants to grow the fruit of being humble in your life too;
“TEMPERANCE” is self-control and not going over-board. It is the fruit of God that makes us able to stop ourselves when we want to let SELF control our lives.

When we think of “works” we think of struggle and strain.
When we think of “fruit” we think of beauty, quietness and Life from the Holy Spirit.
A PRAYER:
“Dear Lord God, fill me with Your Spirit, and make all Your lovely fruit grow in my life too. Make me bear fruit today of Your own beauty and holiness. Amen.”

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