September 24, 2014 by holy rollin hooker
Galatians 5:22 & 23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
It is important to note that these things are the fruits of the Spirit, not the acts by which one is deemed a “good person.” These things grow out of the Spirit and are characteristics that should naturally develop when a person is filled with the Holy Spirit and is listening to it.
Notice that of the nine gifts listed here, four have to do with our own personal well-being while the other five have to do with how we treat others. God has a bit of a hippie soul to him. He recognizes the value of love and peace and all that, but he cares much more for the way we respond to those around us. I don’t know if you’ve ever had the pleasure of being in the presence of a truly stupid person (and by stupid I mean developmentally challenged or anything. I mean people without a lick of common sense and without the sense enough to know that they don’t have any common sense), but if you have then you know that it takes an almost superhuman amount of patience to deal with them. And if you are blessed with the extra special distinction of being in the presence of a truly stupid person with a sensitive ego, you get to add gentleness to that patience.
Frustrating as it may be to people with a little bit of common sense, stupid people need to be dealt with too. God knows this, so when he gives us the Holy Spirit, he also gives us these virtues that will help us deal with things and people that are not always so pleasant.
And now for the free pattern portion of the post. It is a tapestry crochet cherry pattern.
An appropriate one, I think, considering the theme. Most of my patterns will be tapestry crochet because that’s what I’m most into at the moment. You can access a PDF version of the pattern here. Feel free to print it and I’d love to know how you plan to use it.