John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

Monday, August 1, 2011

Not Your Average Fruit Cake

When most people hear the words "Fruit" and "Cake" together, let's be honest, you don't think lovely thoughts. The thoughts most commonly associated with fruit cake are thoughts such as: nursing home, YUCK, tasteless, and worst holiday gift option. Not many people would identify with a fruit cake. You hear people say, "Oh, she's like a ray of sunshine!" or "He is like a breath of fresh air!" but when it comes to a fruit cake you hear, "He is nuttier than a fruit cake!" or jokes about fruit cakes being the "gag" gift at your holiday party.

Well, I am going to go out on a limb and say... "I want to be a Fruit Cake". I really do. A Spiritual Fruit Cake. The Lord tells us that we are to be filled with and live by the fruits of the spirit.

Life by the Spirit

Galatians 5:13
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

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. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

After reading that, who wouldn't want to be a fruit cake?? I want to be just like a fruit cake that has all the fruits mixed up inside. I am a lot like a fruit cake. Because of my "past" labels people see me sometimes as yuck or tasteless and no value but when you actually "try me out" you see that I am really not that way at all.  You see that everything, some good things ,some things that you might not like alone, and some nuts picked up along the way mix very well together and make a rather "tasteful" concoction. I encourage everyone to try to be filled with the fruits!


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