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A few weeks ago, my wife and I were grocery shopping in our neighborhood. We were finished and got ready to check out. All the open three lanes had extra long lines. The self-check lines were also extra long. Suddenly, we saw a young man wanting to check out. He had just a few items in his basket. As he approached our checkout line, he asked us if he could please get in front of us to check out because he had a sick baby at home with his wife. I told him, to go right ahead. He thanked us profusely and said, he noticed us from the other side of the store and recognized us from church. We had no idea who he was but placed ourselves in his shoes. With a sick baby at home, anyone could see the emergency this young man had.
As my wife and I drove home, we reminisced on such times when we had a sick baby and needed a quick run to the store. As I closed out my day in prayer, my heart went to Galatians 5: 22-23 in thanksgiving for the young man we met earlier in the day and his family. The young man decided to come towards our checkout line because he knew of us from church. He believed my wife and I would understand. He knew of us because he had seen us at church, but we did not know of him or remember seeing him at church. Nevertheless, my heart was so full of joy that God was glorified as this young man's hope was fulfilled.
That encounter brought Galatians 5:22-23 in a new light on how important the fruit of the Holy Spirit is in the lives of Christ's followers. As God's ambassadors in our world, we have the great privilege to represent God, His heart, His ways, His truth, and His life through the outflow of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. God is able to use the manifestation of His nature to bring hope to people, strengthen their faith, and encourage their hearts to keep living for God. In a time when we are seeing many young people who were once on fire for God, denounce their faith, we need a revival of the joy of God's fruit and nature in the lives of Christ's followers. In every way we can encourage the next generation in their faith, we commit to it.
Brothers and sisters, let's get back to the demonstration of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Let love be loud in our lives. Let joy flow out as a mighty rushing river. Let peace be evident in our lives. Let patience orient and envelope our lives, so that we are saturated with the life and nature of God. Each of these Galatians 5:22-23 fruit is meant to multiply and make us fruitful in every area of our lives. Let's stand shoulder to shoulder as Jesus Christ is glorified in our lives. God Bless you!
In Christ's Love,
Drs. Johnson & Feyi Obamehinti