Sweet Smells & Heaps of Kindness
The Lord is good and His Tender Mercies endure forever. Fragrant is the sweet smell of kindness. Aromatic are the fruit of the Spirit as they leave a trail of essential goodness.
Have you ever walked into a house while a fresh fruit pie was baking in the oven? Heaven, right? The smell is so delicious, so inviting and brings a sense of comfort and "home" even if it's not your home.
This is how it is with the fruit of the spirit.
As we demonstrate these virtues as character attributes in our own virtue it is like we emit a fragrance the world doesn't understand, but it will highlight our lives to all of man. When fruit is cooked enzymes are released, the firm skin of the fruit softens and the inside of the fruit becomes warm. The more fruit of the spirit flowing in us and through us the more our heart does the same.
Life makes many people toughen and even callous a bit. Especially in the heart. But the Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, Meekness, Quiet Strength, Compassion, Encouragement of our Lord possesses power to make every heart soft and warm when it's allowed. It’s a definite risk, I mean look at the oven that fruit pie had to endure to produce just a heavenly aroma! But if God is guiding you, you can trust that above all He won’t let you down.
Whatever has ailed you in life, give it to the Father of Life as a gift this Christmas. He's been wanting to dispose of your pain all along. Step into His Heart like the comforts of home and allow Him to share some Goodness with you. ~Nicole
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." Gal. 5:22-23