An Unexpected Benefit!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control; against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22 MEV

I have known this passage for most of my life. I memorized it when I was a young child and have repeated it often. It never seems to lose its comfort. However, there has always been a challenge in it as well. How on earth can I have all of those attributes in my life?

So I have done what most of us do with such, I studied each and every characteristic and “tried” sincerely to implement them in my life. Never realizing that the attitude of me trying was going to end in frustration each and every time.

Jesus said, “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me. For I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 MEV

I knew this one too. Yet, I had never put them together. When we choose to go deeply into our Lord’s heart and presence, we begin to experience a number of items that are usually not mentioned. Change occurs deep within us. It is a change that we volunteered for – for sure, but it happens, not because of trying, but because of fellowship. As we grow accustomed to giving and receiving love in Him, there begins a shift in our entire perception. Oh, it is not a rapid thing, nor a thing of accomplishment in any way. It is instead an adjustment in my core that aligns my heart in such sweet gentleness in Him.

What I have begun to understand is that His love is so complete, and His gentleness in me is so real that I know I am accepted as I am. His delight is in me. In that is a huge release into rest that allows a fellowship so deep that even my core relaxes into Him. I am very much “still in process” and I am sure will be all my remaining years in this sphere. There is much, much to adjust and renew; however, it is all done in such a beautiful movement that my heart overflows with His love.

Lord, You are so much more that we have ever dreamed. On this Resurrection weekend, may our fellowship and belonging together bless You in me.

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