I was reminded this morning of one of our former Grace Church members who one year decided to ‘choose joy’ for Lent. What a concept – to choose joy – over frustration, over anger, over jealousy, over all those things that distract us or draw us away from the joy of the Lord. Joy is only one of the Fruits of the Spirit. From Galatians 5:22-23 we learn: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” The fruits of the Spirit are given to us as a free gift when we are living our life in tune to God’s love and promise.
What if each person took on one of the Fruits of the Spirit as a Lenten discipline? What if we responded to the world around us according to these fruits? What difference could we create in today’s world? If we live into even one of these fruits, and share them as our response to the world around us, they can and will make a monumental difference in a broken and torn world. My prayer for all people during this Lenten season is that each of us can find that fruit of the Spirit which speaks to us and helps us to live into the fullness of God’s grace.