Hello Sweet Friend,
As we advance in the Christian life, we hopefully shed the old ways for something much, much better. Ever so slowly, as we progress by keeping our focus on Christ, we stop being rude, obnoxious, and stop demanding our own way. We become kind souls. We strive to live in a gentle manner. Today, I want you to consider: “Where is your focus?”
Are you focused on the past? You cannot live in joy if you are rehearsing your failures. God gives you a future and a hope.
Are you holding onto grudges? Make the decision—and it is an action step—to let go of your feelings. Grab onto what you know; God calls you to love and forgive your enemies and the fruit of self-control and gentleness will ripen, become luscious, and satisfy your soul.
Perhaps, you are experiencing a storm that is raging inside. Trials and tribulations are just a part of this life and it is our task to remain faithful and to develop forbearance. This tempest will not last forever, and you are not alone during this storm. Jesus is in the boat with you.
So again I ask, “Where is your focus?” Look to the higher truth. Choose your steps carefully. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. And the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace. Now, that’s how you grow fruit!