Identity – Fruit of the Spirit

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Who am I but a daughter of the Lord Most High. Imperfect in this flesh but striving to be more like Him, more acceptable to Him daily.

I think of the “Fruit of the Spirit”, and ponder. How many of those ‘fruits’, those godly attributes do I live out daily? I memorized them years ago. I taught them to my children and to Sunday school classes, but do I really live them out? If I want my true identity to be in Christ, I should be living them out daily along with other Godly traits, such as grace, mercy, hope and forgiveness.

But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. Gal. 5:22-23

I think if I reflect on these amazing attributes too long I will just think I’m a failure, for how can I live such a life of perfection?

But I’m not. I’m a child of God who is still learning daily how to live more like Him.

Since my life has changed so much in the past few years, I do find as an empty-nest mom and grandma, that I have more time to reflect upon my past.

I remember when I was pregnant with my first child, Timoni. I wasn’t a ‘born again’ believer but I knew there was a God and I would pray at night, “Lord help me to be a kind person. Lord help me to be a nice and good mom.” I knew I had a short temper and a critical temperament and I remember just wanting to be a nice and kind person. Although I am not perfect in these godly traits, I think for the most part my prayers were answered and are still being answered.

Later, I recall after having my second and third child, I would pray “Lord, bless me with your patience.” For years I prayed for patience and again the Lord has answered my prayers. By our fourth child, my husband and I were more relaxed and easy going.

Sometimes those prayers were answered by the Lord teaching and reminding me through life’s lessons. I’m not saying I don’t get impatient sometimes, but I have come such a long way and I thank the Lord for His patience with me because I know I was and still am, a trying pupil :)

When you ask of the Lord, you will receive and sometimes it does take much patience to wait for an answer, but I certainly don’t mind hearing my husband say, “You have such a kind heart” (yes, he has said that!), because I know that is a reflection of Christ’s work in my heart and soul and has become a part of my identity as a daughter of Christ.

Lord, help me to wear your Godly Attributes as a part of my everyday countenance and please continue to teach me. Thank you, Amen.

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