The fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a person or community living in accord with the Holy Spirit according to the letter to the
Galatians. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
You can imagine being in a garden or orchard when listening to this verse. Can you imagine anyone trying to set a law against these things? Personally I think that outside a relationship with the Holy Spirit it is difficult if near impossible to display this kind of “fruit” in our lives. I certainly know that the love the scriptures speak of is not natural for me. I know I can be emotionally explosive and being a person of words, the verbiage in such a state is not very kind. So I suppose I would struggle at times with love and self-control. Kinda falls in with part of a sermon I listened to today. A study in 1 Peter. It spoke of the trials in our lives and how God uses what the enemy can throw at us to help us grow. I realized too that other cultures and religions have something of that idea in their way of thinking as well. That we are here to learn. I don’t know about outside the realm of Christ, but I can agree in the sense that as a Christian, I am constantly being allowed trials in my life to help me grow up in Christ and to become more like Christ.
The title of the meditation the other day was called Picking Fruit. At the end of it you can journal your thoughts. It will prompt you with a question. I was asked “What is the most beautiful plant or flower you can imagine. When have you see it most recently? Reflect on it as God’s produce in your life.
I had to think back on my wedding and my choice of flower being hydrangeas. My whole wedding was full of symbols and meaning. Looking up the meaning of hydrangea, it means heartfelt emotions and understanding. On the other side of that lies the meaning of being heartless. Like in most things there are two sides, good and bad. Heartfelt to heartlessness. And as the hydrangeas colors are indicative of the soil beneath it, spiritually our lives (our walk) can be indicative of the type of soil that is in our own life or garden. Also like flowers, we have days where our edges can wear thin. As an aside, someone once noted that many women’s names are after a flower in some way. I was once told that my own name, among other meanings was rose. Roses are quite beautiful but they also have thorns. Again, two sides all the time.
What is the most beautiful plant or flower you can imagine and why?