Galatians 5:22, 23 (NLT) “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
My child, in relationships, all days are not easy days.
However, as people try to live in harmony,
they learn to take off the sharp edges of their personality
and eventually become more perfectly fitted together.
In your own relationships you are experiencing far more love
than you did twenty years ago.
Speaking in love to each other and learning cooperation,
allows you to grow emotionally.
Learning to listen, to hear, to know Me, allows you to grow spiritually.
The fruits of the Spirit are developed in much the same way:
patiently listening, following, and serving God and others.
Who will take the time and make the effort?
Green immature fruit is often bitter, tasteless and sour,
while ripe, mature fruit is rich with flavor, sweetness and purity.
Therefore taking the time to live in harmony
achieves a life of peace, harmony and joy.
Ephesians 4:16 NLT “Christ makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does his own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy, growing and full of love.”
About seventeen years ago, when my husband got the diagnosis of ALS, he decided his one last dream was to travel throughout the United States. It seemed to be a daunting task to spend twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week together. Living in North America we seem to value our own private time and space, which is not possible in an RV. But God has worked on my heart, healing and showing me His ways during this time, ultimately helping us to walk ever closer to Him, with the side-effect of living in harmony.
However, we have much to learn. Each day brings new challenges for all of us. As Paul would say “we press on” knowing if we do our special part, God will bring about changes.
As we hold each others hands throughout life, God also holds ours!
Rose Spillenaar Harmer, www. listeningtohear.wordpress.com