… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
God has given us these gifts–these fruit of the Spirit–to nurture and nourish us. God’s gifts are found in relationships–God’s relationship with us and our relationships with those around us.
But the fruit of the Spirit is an eternal gift that doesn’t come and go with the seasons. How we use these gifts may change, but the fruit themselves–love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control–continue to expand as we share them with others.
God’s gifts to us are abundant. They are the greatest gifts we will ever receive and share. The gifts God blesses us with turn us into gift-givers as well.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog Kimberly Conway Hester. Today we remember Erik, King of Sweden, martyr, who died in 1160.