It seems that for some things I learn best by watching. As a pastor, I didn’t learn about kindness in a seminary class or from a text book. I learned by watching my wife. She never said, “David, you need to be more kind,” although she could have. She just was kind. Seeing kindness is a wonderful way to learn, and maybe that’s why Paul mentions it.
Galatians 5:22-23 describes what humans are supposed to look like. Praying through the fruit of the Spirit can be a challenging exercise. When I do, I see just where I am in my Christian growth, and I often see a subject for more prayer. But the encouraging part of this exercise is knowing that the fruit of the Spirit is who I am—who we are! Asking the Lord to show me places in my daily life where I can exercise them is a joy in itself. It leads us to being the church in the world.
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what is it that you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s People and like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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