“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23)
I like to accompany my wife on her weekly pilgrimage to the local grocery store. It’s not one her favorite things to do. This is my opportunity to offer companionship, support, and help by pushing the cart through the aisles. In the early morning hours, we sometimes run into some interesting people. Last week, she shared a thoughtful story about one of our excursions that was included in her weekly prayer ministry.
“Recently as we were going down the aisles, we came upon a couple who were obvious heavy smokers – we could smell them at a distance of at least 20 feet. I’m not a fan of cigarette smoke so I ended up holding my breath as we passed and I avoided whatever aisle they were in after that. In contrast, this past week when I went to the fabric store, I passed a lady who smelled so terrific – she was leaving an aisle I was entering and her scent even lingered in the aisle after she left. She smelled so pleasant that I was tempted to follow her around the store – but thought that might be a little creepy.
Anyway, this got me to thinking once again about the “scent” that I have and leave behind – do I exude the pleasant “scent” of love or the pleasing “scent” of grace – or is it ugly and noxious like cigarette smoke? I want the Holy Spirit be so evident in my life that I have the Jesus scent of love, grace, forgiveness, kindness, and peace wherever I go. I want others to “smell” Him and want that scent for themselves.”
She offered the following prayer for all the people who have a desire to share the gospel message with others:
“LORD Jesus, thank You for the faith that is now growing in the hearts of those who have been touched by the Holy Spirit. And thank You that they now showing Your “scent” – the fruits of Your Spirit – in their lives. May Your Word be planted in their hearts and may its truth cut to the core and produce faith in the real You. May barriers and obstacles be removed and may they be surrounded by Christians who will love and support them. And LORD Jesus, please continue to fill me with Your Spirit – help me take myself off the throne of my heart – I so want You to reign – I so want the scent of Your fruit to emanate from me – I so want others to come to know You. Thank you, Jesus!”
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