Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Today in Sunday School we studied the “Fruits of the Spirit” The goal was that this week others would see the good fruits in our life in all that we do. As I thought about the Fruits we show I was reminded of a story I read a while back.
A poor vagabond, traveling a country road in England, tired and hungry, came to a roadside inn with a sign reading: "George and the Dragon." He knocked.
The innkeeper's wife stuck her head out a window. "Could ye spare some victuals?" He asked. The woman glanced at his shabby clothes and obviously poor condition. "No!" She said rather sternly.
"Could I have a pint of ale?" "No!" She said again.
"Could I at least sleep in your stable?" "No!" By this time, she was fairly shouting.
The vagabond said, "Might I please...?" "What now?" The woman interrupted impatiently.
"D'ye suppose," he asked, "I might have a word with George?"
Is it possible that people around us who are in need view us as a "dragon" because of our callous indifference to their plight?
We live in a time when it's easy to be suspicious. There are some who refuse to work, preferring to live off the government and charitable organizations. There are some who seem to take joy in seeing how much they can get from naïve souls willing to believe their concocted "sob stories." But, there are also many around us in genuine need, and if we're not careful, we can come across to them like the woman above -- indifferent and uncaring.
Let’s let our “fruits” show through us as we interact with those around us.
The scriptures have much to say about our attitude toward those in need. In fact, Jesus said that will be one factor which determines where we will spend eternity (Matthew 25:31-46). May we be known not only as a people who care, but as a people whose concern is shown through our actions.
"If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,' but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?" (James 2:15-16)
Because of the fruits that you show do people view you as George.......or the dragon?
Dear Lord we pray that we would let the fruits of the Spirit show through us in all that we do. We pray that Your love would show through in all that we do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.