But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
After looking at the verse in Galatians, what specific “fruit” (love, joy, peace…) do you find yourself lacking in your daily life? Give an example if you can.What circumstance in your life shows your weakness with the specific “fruit” you mentioned above.
Although I recently lamented my tendency to be impatient, after some introspection and time spent with my young-adult children I'm cutting myself some slack on that one. Thinking in terms of days recently passed I see that I am struggling with faithfulness. Or maybe I should say "faithfulness in all things."
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)
God gives us gifts and lets us choose how we will use those gifts. In the Parable of the Talents we learn the importance of using our gifts and the consequence if we choose to bury our gifts. Bury your gifts and you can look forward to weeping and gnashing of teeth.
I have been whining and complaining (weeping and gnashing teeth) in my prayers because I'm trying to be obedient with the gifts God has given me, but I'm looking for earthly reward and not finding satisfaction. This morning I woke up knowing I will continue faithfully doing what I'm doing. I look to God, who is eternally faithful, to recognize and reward me in His way. I long to hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"
So, even though I've been weak in my faith, I feel much stronger today and I trust that next week my answer to this question (if asked again) will be different.