“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” Ephesians 4:2.
We’ve explored why the greatest of gifts God gave us is love. Now we must see how love grows within us as a fruit of the Spirit. All around the North Country, we’ll soon see trees in full blossom. It will be many months, though, until itinerants will fill totes with apples. The same goes for the fruits of the Spirit. That’s why we are to be humble, gentle, and patient with others–bearing with one another in love. ‘Bearing with one another’ implies a perseverance that has built up over time. I still remember tearing up the day I’d read a former student whom I’d had years earlier was hurt in a motorcycle wreck. Though he had made my first year of teaching a true trial by fire, I had worked with him a lot … and, I guess, grown to love him – enough so that the mention of his name made the decade disappear. I suppose that that was the love of the father, who, filled with compassion, ran to his son. While we are the prodigal in that parable and not to be the older brother, the fruit of love growing in us is to be like his for others that we need to bear with.
How’s the fruit of love growing within you?
Plattsburgh church of Christ
author of Kin of Cain
a Christian historical fantasy