"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith...." (Galatians 5:22).
Any jeweler who knows their business will always display their best diamonds under the brightest light, against a backdrop of black velvet. The Lord does the same.
These jewels listed by Paul as "the fruit of the Spirit" find their greatest beauty when they are displayed in the midst of a culture that is crooked and perverse. Thankfully, we live in such a culture today!
This affords us the best of all opportunities to show forth the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into marvelous light. It only remains for us to do our part, which is to let God's light shine upon us so that others may see His beauty displayed in our lives.
FAITH is Love believing -- and this Faith is at its finest when doubts assail us during the darkest of storms.
It was Job who said in the moment of his severest trial, "Though He slay me; yet will I trust Him!" It was Abraham who, against all hope believed in hope and staggered not at the promise of God. The Psalmist himself said, "What times I am afraid, I will trust in Thee!" (Psalm 56:3).
Anybody can believe when their is no real challenge against their faith. But God is truly honored by those who, for Love's sake, believe even when all other things are begging them to cave in and surrender to doubt and dismay.
This is the faith that pleases God, and overcomes the world. And in a day when the faith of so many may be failing -- YOUR faith, which works by Love, can carry not only your own soul to the Land of Promise, but can also bring along multitudes in tow!
Stand up, O Believer, for there be many with you who have not bowed the knee, and so many more who will regain standing and stamina at your encouraging example.
Carry on, and we will talk again tomorrow.