Christians are meant to live in the presence and power of the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 12 tells us that the Holy Spirit helps us to confess Jesus as Lord; empowers us to serve God, overseen by grace; and binds us together as the Body of Christ. Romans 8 relates that the Holy Spirit helps us to pray. and even intercedes for us with God the Father. Galatians 5 - perhaps in the most well-known of the scriptures on the fruit of the Spirit - not only outlines for us what those fruit are, but confirms that the Holy Spirit guides us, helping us to live more and more like Jesus as we grow in faith.
The season of Pentecost offers us an opportunity to renew our commitment to live by the Spirit and ask the Lord to fill us afresh with his power and grace - to have evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and to rest in his love, accepting his healing following times of pain, loss, or sadness. These fruit characterize the lives of those who follow the Christian path, and when Christ becomes the center of our lives, we are free to live, to serve, and to transform even the world.
In today's world, when the church may seem less relevant to some, ordinary believers like you and I become extraordinary as we join in the struggle for justice, for peace, for kindness. As we are claimed by God, let us remember his omnipresent, omniscient love provides for us a depth of forgiveness and hope that allows us to live these fruit and have unspeakable joy that comes from a faith resonant with life and growth. Psalm 103:12 tells us that "...as far as the East is from the West, so far has be removed our transgressions from us." What grace to enter into the fruit of the Spirit!
Tomorrow is unknown, but God's love and the fruit of the Spirit are present with us as we step forward. Let us rejoice! AMEN.