Have you ever thought about your life being like a pencil? Stop and think about, a pencil makes a mark, doesn't it? Well, in our lives we make marks also. Some are good marks and others are not, some beautiful marks and some ugly.
Whatever we do in our life a mark will be made. Some of these marks can be corrected easily but some cannot, no matter which mark is made there will be consequences. The marks that are not easily corrected or perhaps not at all are the mistakes we make in our life. Even if they are corrected their will be an imprint made.
A pencil has to be sharpened to be able to make a mark. We like a pencil have to be sharpened. God is the one that does this. He does this through His Word, by other people, going to Sunday school, going to church, and sometimes by music. God uses the method He feels best for you. He will improve your life.
We should always remember, like a pencil, what is on the inside that counts. It the wood had no lead on the inside it would not be able to leave a mark of any kind. We are like that; it is what is on the inside, our hearts that count, whether it is a heart full of love or a heart full of hate it will make its mark. We may be beautiful or handsome on the outside but it makes no difference if we have no love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance, all these are the fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23; "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, v. 23 Meekness, and temperance: against such there is no law".
Love is caring and looking for the best of another person and doing so with no motive or special gain.
Joy is happiness based on love, grace, blessings, promises, and nearness of God and belongs to the ones believing in Christ.
Peace is a calmness of the heart and mind resting on the knowledge that everything is well between the believer and his/her heavenly Father.
Longsuffering is fortitude, tolerance, being slow to anger or despair.
Gentleness does not want to hurt someone and tries to keep from causing someone pain.
Goodness desires truth and righteousness and hating evil. You can show this by being kind and correcting evil.
Faith is being faithful, firm and unwavering in loyalty and dedication to a person whom one is united by promise, commitment, trustworthiness, and honesty.
Meekness is self-control together with forte and courage. This is a person that can be angry (righteous anger) when it is needed but can be modestly submissive when submission is required.
Temperance has control over one's own desires and passions; this includes faithfulness to a person's marriage vows, purity, and chastity.
The fruit of the Spirit is formed in the children of God as we permit the Spirit to control our lives so we are able to destroy the power of sin, particularly the works of the flesh. Walking in fellowship with the Lord and act according to His will.
As the pencil needs sharpened we too need sharpened. Allowing the Spirit to give us the fruit of the Spirit is like being sharpened. This allows us to leave good marks in our life.
To be the best pencil it has to let the hand holding it guide it to make its marks. It is the same with us, we must allow ourselves to be held and guided by the Hand that holds us; the Hand holding you is the Lord Jesus Christ.
May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!