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Bobby R. Henry, Sr.


“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”   Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

      You ever had one of those days where it looked as if nothing could go right, and it seemed like the harder you tried the more frustrated you became?

     No matter what you tried stuff was not happening to the way you planned!

     Murphy’s Law had just kicked into high gear: Murphy’s law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.

     This inundation and over welling sentiment of absolute rage that makes you feel like you could squeeze the power out of a stick of dynamite was gripping you tighter than a cheap pair of spandex.

     If left unchecked your power surge would be equated to an earthquake rated at a 9.9 on the Richter scale.

     For me, I like to believe that it is me who frustrates me the most. That way I don’t find myself locked away on the Rock in Raiford State Prison due to my annihilation of the entire planet Krypton t, including superman and his whole family.

     Frustration can lead to a life of being out of control and left alone.

     How do we begin to address the issue of irritation and aggravation which spills over into our spirit causing un-wanted agony and a sense of powerlessness?

     Its real easy to say, “I’ll pray about it”.

     Prayer like faith-without works just doesn’t work.

     This form of works is a compellation of many things including physical labor as well as some mental and spiritual movements. It’s not through osmosis alone that things happen.

     In order to get pass the calamity, nuisance, and worry to get to the fruits of the Spirit there is some work to be done.

     We must apprehend the abundance of infidelity, jealousy, egotistical aspiration, and fleshly temptations. These things are contributors to a whole lot of frustrations.

     There are many instances, I’m real certain, where we believe the fruits of the Spirit are impractical to overcome; however, there are none.

     Faith in Jesus allows us to make every effort to acquire this fruit and by the grace of God, we are duty-bound to acquire it.

     By replenishing the seeds that harbor frustrations with those that refurbish fruitful spiritual growth, we are able to triumph over the unethical predicaments we are confronted with.

     We find again the good-will that produces adoration as oppose to that of disgust, tranquility instead of disagreement, delight more willingly than depression, endurance sooner than quitting, sympathy before petulance, and resolve in place of resentment.

     We have to consent to God to gently cut back our desires to live our lives filled with the things that we agree bog us down in the quagmire of frustrations.

     “Lord please allow me to taste from the tree of life the good fruits of the Spirit which I long to feed from”.                                                                                   —Bobby R. Henry, Sr.


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