“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
My kids love this catchy little tune on YouTube. – “The fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut. The fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut!” You’re sooo welcome for engraining that in your brain.
While we often teach little ones to know these character traits, how often as a mom do I need them even more?
I know that I love my kids. That one is easy!
But do I have joy? Joy when they wake me up at 5:45 am? Joy when I’m on the 3rd dirty diaper of the day? Joy when the popcorn or graham cracker crumbs are all over the floor?
Do I have peace? Peace from the anxiety that keeps me up at night? Peace that God is with my children even when I can’t be?
Patience. No need for a question mark, I do not have patience. Lacking patience when I’m ready to leave and little shoes are not around. Or someone hasn’t been to the potty. Or we’re leaving 30 minutes late.
Do I have goodness? Do I speak well of others? Neighbors? Friends? Daddy? Do I help others?
Faithfulness? Am I faithful to my commitments? Am I faithful to my friends? To my husband?
Am I gentle? Do I respond gently when little hands fumble glasses of juice? Am I gentle when I’m angry and I’m flailing around the house like a mad woman? –the answer to that one is No.
Do I show self-control? Negative. See last sentence above.
I’m continually reminded of my need for the Gospel. That I am a sinner saved only by His grace. Motherhood has revealed my selfishness and fear. While we think we are here to preach the truth to our children, most often than not they are the ones that reveal our sin. No, they don’t come out and say, “Mommy, you’re sinning again,” my reactions alone show my heart. This is why I must be in the Word and of the Word.
Romans 6:1-4 “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
Mommas, I’m going to focus this coming week on praying for God to help me with the fruits of the spirit. Who’s in?