At some point in your life I’m sure you’ve heard the song by Blake Shelton, Some Beach; if you haven’t, here are a few lines from it.
A man with a big cigar was getting into his car
I stopped and I waited for him to back up
But from out of no where a Mercedes Benz
Came cruisin' up and whipped right in
There's no where to go when you got all day to get there
He goes on to tell us what a bad day he has had. My daughter had this same scenario happen to her. I try not to tell other people’s story, but today, I can’t help it; it fits perfectly into the message. She was waiting on a couple of people to get it together and back out of their spaces; they were side by side. When a teeny bopper came barreling around her, too impatient to wait. Just as the girl passed her, one of the spots opened up and the little hussy backed up and swooped right in. Thank goodness for Jesus and another spot or someone might have gotten a whipping right there in the parking lot. She verbally corrected her, but she kept her cool. She attributed her demeanor to walking in the Spirit. If she hadn’t been walking in the Spirit, the outcome could have been quite different.
An article I read describes walking in the Spirit as “having a longer fuse and being full of thankfulness, singing, and joy.” Read the following verses about the fruits of the Spirit. If you are lacking any, ask God to help you work on them, but be prepared to have situations thrown at you, that’s the way God trains us.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Gala5:22-25
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