Nurture a Spiritually Fruitful Life
A wise grandparent once shared some heartfelt advice with their grandchild –
“Life’s road may seem like uncharted territory, but you possess more strength and resilience than you realize. As a young sapling grows into a sturdy oak with time, these upcoming years will shape you in ways you can’t fathom. Embrace each twist and turn with courage.”
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
– Colossians 3:15 NIV
The grandparent continued, “Just as a skilled gardener tends to each plant, so you must care for the fruits of the Spirit growing within you.”
“The apostle Paul invites you to embrace the peace of Christ, a peace that surpasses all understanding and allow it to rule your heart,” the grandparent said, reminding his grandchild. “This peace will be your compass, guiding you through the ups and downs of life’s terrain.”
“In your spiritual voyage, remember that thankfulness is your faithful companion. Gratitude is the sunlight that nourishes your soul, causing it to flourish and grow abundant fruit. Even during challenges and trials, choose gratitude as your armor, knowing God is at work in all circumstances.”
“As you grow in Christ, use patience, kindness and self-control. These virtues are your climbing gear, compass and map, ensuring that you stay on the path toward a spiritually fruitful life.”
Nurture and grow the fruits of the Spirit within you.
The grandparent went on, instructing, “Take time to pause and reflect. Just as a traveler stops to appreciate the breathtaking view surrounding them, they pause to acknowledge their growth and transformation. Celebrate the small victories – the moments of joy, the acts of kindness and the victories over temptation.”
“Remember that this journey is not a solo adventure. I Am is with you.”
Today’s One Thing
Imagine the grandparent as the Lord; you are the grandchild in this devotion. Today, intentionally cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in your life. Begin each morning with a prayer, inviting the Holy Spirit to work in and through you. Throughout your day, be mindful of opportunities to demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.