I truly have been so frustrated lately.... And in my frustration I have become a bit of a nasty person. I'm snappy and intolerant and super super frustrated. My frustration stems mostly from not being able to do anything about a situation or two. So, finally, that same frustration leads me to the Word.
Yes, I eventually head for God's word in search of that inner peace I so desperately need and want in my day to day handling of the things I can do nothing about. I am so grateful for God's word. Because even though it offers no "quick fixes" that we sometimes hope the Lord will dish out, His word is alive and His word is power-filled.
So, it is in reading His word that slowly a balance is restored. I feel more peaceful. More at ease with those things I cannot change, more tolerant of those around me, more able to exhale, more able to be patient, more long-suffering (well, sort of) and generally a better person to be about.
This leads me to fruit. Yes, the fruit of the Spirit. I believe that in spending time in God's word, I am giving the Holy Spirit licence to renew my inner me. I am giving Him freedom to start the healing processes. The more I read His word, the more freedom I feel to extend the very same grace that has been extended to me. The more I read His word, the lighter I feel on the inside, and that spring in my step starts returning.
What is going on here? Seriously, reading God's word, leaning in on Him, resting in His arms through His word, all these actions lead to less frustration and more fruit. I am watering the tree I am, with the word of the Lord, and it is producing better fruit in me... For this, I am grateful.
This is as good a time as any, to reflect on what the fruit of the Spirit are....(and I love the Amplified version):
Galatians 5:22-23: (22) But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness,(23) gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Yup, the solution of going from Frustration to Fruit is in the reading of and leaning into God, through His word.
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