The fruits of the Spirit are eternal gifts that don’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.
The holiday season surrounds us with materialistic and shallow gift-giving. We get caught up in the glittering lights, the holiday carols and the desire to give everyone what they want. But the fruit of the Spirit cannot be priced, boxed, or wrapped. They are gifts we must live and share.
During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, let’s also remember that we have been given the greatest gift of all–the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. God’s gifts to us are abundant. They are the greatest gifts we will ever receive and share.
This message is excerpted from “How will you use God’s gift to us: The fruit of the Spirit?” by Kimberly C. Hester from the January 4, 2021, blog of the Women of the ELCA. All are welcome to attend a Blue Christmas service via Zoom, December 21 at 7 p.m. (CST).
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