Clarity About the Fruit: Goodness

Keeping in Step with the Spirit Part 15: Clarity About the Fruit: Goodness The first thing that popped into my mind as I thought about goodness as fruit of the Spirit was the old Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in...

Clarity about the Fruit: Kindness

Keeping in Step with the Spirit Part 14: Clarity about the Fruit: Kindness Unless you’re heartless, you undoubtedly enjoy watching videos that showcase acts of kindness. I watched one this week in which a newly employed high schooler bought a friend a pair of much...

Clarity About the Fruit: Patience

Keeping in Step with the Spirit Part 13: Clarity About the Fruit: Patience Don’t you get weary of people and their problems? Especially when they are the problem? How do you endure the unfathomable things people do? Do you respond by wishing God’s judgment on them? Or...

Clarity About the Fruit: Peace

Keeping in Step with the Spirit Part 12: Clarity about the Fruit: Peace Peace is an elusive quality in the lives of many followers of Jesus. Chaos, disruption, anxiety, and uncertainty seem to be the more common experience. Yet Paul tells us that peace is something...

Clarity About the Fruit: Joy

Keeping in Step with the Spirit Part 11: Clarity About the Fruit: Joy You could rightly say that joy is rooted in the phrase, “I know something you don’t know.” I heard that particular singsong chant from my multiple siblings plenty of times when I was growing up. It...
Clarity about the Fruit: Love

Clarity about the Fruit: Love

Keeping in Step with the Spirit Part 10: Clarity about the Fruit: Love In the words of a Clint Black song, love is something that we do. When people think of Christians, love should be the first word that comes to their mind. Unfortunately, this isn’t often the case,...