L’Art de Vie
(The Art of Living)
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
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!
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit Tree is truly the art of living that the Lord had intended for us to live. There are nine tree limbs on the Fruit of the Spirit tree and each representing its spiritual fruit. The seed is planted deeply into the soil and when nourished right it will grow strong and become a tree that produces much fruit. As Christ makes His home in your heart, your roots will grow down into God’s love and will keep you strong. The tree is beginning to grow and planted by the riverbank, with its roots reaching deep into the living water. The tree does not fear nor worry about drought or storms of life, its leaves stay green and will never stop producing fruit.
The LOVE Limb filled with hearts of the right fruit of Pomegranates is to share your heart with the lovable and unlovable. Because He gave Himself as a gift, you give of yourself. We love because He first loved us.
The JOY Limb dressed with clusters of fragrant Camphire flowers attracting many to its sweet aroma and musical notes to make a joyful noise to the Lord. A deep longing for God, for His son Jesus Christ who has set us free. Such a longing that the soul is only happy when it meets with Him. Sharing your joy with those who still search for the Shepherd.
The PEACE Limb is a healing fruit in times of difficulty, filled with Spikenard a healing fragrant balm to soothe the tired soul. The doves are a symbol of peace, with wide open wings they fly and do not fear. They continue making music even in a noisy world, that is true Shalom. God of Peace is with you and He blesses those who work for peace.
The PATIENCE/LONGSUFFERING Limb Patience is worth the wait! Wait for the Lord, have patience! Having patience is the hardest one for most of us. This is the time to grow your character, be patient in your suffering and trials. The beauty of Saffron Crocuses are worth the wait. The clock is just a reminder, it is only for a little time such as this.
The KINDNESS Limb radiates three flowers, the queen of all flowers the Rose of Sharon. The sweetness of this rose will remind you of the Lord Jesus Christ and His tenderness towards you. It is a hardy plant and its leaves are staying green only with the ladybugs who in turn eat the pests that try to attack the plant. In poor conditions the leaves would turn yellow and the pest of bitterness and resentment may have gotten to the plant. The ladybugs are your dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, they help you along your journey. Hidden in the tree are the keys, because kindness keys unlock doors.
The GOODNESS Limb has rich green leaves and the aromatic spice of Cinnamon, a sweet yet spicy fragrance that smell heavenly. The gift boxes are gifts we give, to be the gift to those around you. This limb has the largest three flowers on the tree; the Easter Lilies representing the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The FAITHFULNESS Limb has the most beautiful leaves and flowers of the sweet smelling Frankincense, the heart rejoices and makes music even through the toughest trials of life because you trust in El Emunah. God is Faithful!
The righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.
The GENTLENESS Limb is filled with the fruit of rich grapes ready to feed many with the sweet taste and fresh wine. The Dandelion’s are strong flowers growing in the harshest conditions. With its gentleness it detoxes the inner soul. She is gentle with strength that is under control. The Dandelion Flower blows her white puffball seeds into the world with gentleness. You can’t hear it, but it bears much fruit. Hidden on the branches are the Myrrh buddings, when pressed hard it becomes the most fragrant holy oil to be an ointment to many.
The SELF-CONTROL Limb filled with rich Gladiolus which stands for strength which we all need to run our race in order to receive our crowns one day in heaven that will last forever. That is where we get the word Gladiator from. The gentle person shows and balanced self-control with their actions, emotions, and words. Press on dear soul to the finish line!
By Heike McDoniel
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