September 28, 2021 Devotion
September 28, 2021, 6:01 PM

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22=23

You can throw away overripe bananas or you can make banana bread; I will take the bread. There are people who have lived their life in such a way that they may seem beyond redemption; but they are not. It is amazing to see what good bread the Lord can make of their lives. The words of a song say it so well: “Something beautiful, something good. All my confusion He understood. All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife. But he made something beautiful of my life.”

One summer when I was a boy living on the mountain a man hired me to feed his pigs. He ran a fruit-market in town and would bring summer fruit that had some bad spots making them unsellable. "It's good fruit," he would say, "cut out the bad places and keep what you want, feed the rest to the pigs." We had plenty of good fruit that summer.

Most Christians bear the fruit of the Spirit well enough, but we do manage to get our share of bad spots on it. The Redeemer says that it is still good fruit, and He cuts the bad spots away. This is why we pray daily, “Forgive our trespasses… “.

“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD" (Lamentation 3:4). “But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults" Psalm 19:12

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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