Inside/Outside #27

The fruit of the Spirit is obvious: patience….kindness….goodness

On this 27th of September, and because you are interested, aren’t you; we are now ported in Puntarenas, Costa Rico. After taking in what sights we choose to see we will be back at sea heading for the entrance from the west into the Panama Canal.

It is so nice to be turning our attention to that special quality of life that is energized by the indwelling and infilling presence of the Holy Spirit. As His ministry is amplified in our lives those baser qualities of the flesh will be subdued though not eradicated. Oh, how I wish that the ‘old nature’ with which we were born even as the sparks fly upward could be and indeed was erased. But such is neither the case nor even the possibility. Job 5:7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

The low hanging fruit which is not hidden behind the less slightly and unattractive foliage is that of patience, kindness and goodness. When others see it and sample it find that the taste thereof is good and delight to have more of it.

By definition, patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. The person who is without the quality of patience will shortly finding himself behaving in the ways reminiscent of the former reactions to life’s circumstances and situations.

By definition, kindness is the quality of life which enables you to be friendly, generous and considerate. This fruit of the Spirit removes ‘self’ from the equation and places HIMSELF [CHRIST] as the motivator. When we pause to think of Him, were member that He did not focus upon whom He was but out of generosity and consideration relinquished the independent exercise of His attributes to affirm and perform the will of God on our behalf. Philippians 2: 6 “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant,[a] being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Matthew26:39 “39And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

By definition, goodness is the quality of being good concerning which Paul says there is none.