As I prepare this pastor’s page about December, I was reflecting on the fact that in my sermons, I have been covering (and continue to cover) the Fruits of the Spirit as mentioned Galatians 5:22. Honestly these Fruits of the Spirit are important reminders about how we are to live in our world. In the month of December with all the hustle and bustle, I know I watch the world as it seems to roam into a time with a lack of common civility and courtesy happening. Most of us would have little trouble recalling past Decembers where we watch someone shoving ahead of us in line at the store, or driving erratically to get a closer parking space. We know when people even do some rude or crude gestures because something did not go their way or they are just too stressed.
So in a time when lack of civility and courtesy is too often a reflection of our society, how do we as Christians respond? I ask this because too often, believers in Jesus act little different than the rest of the world. That is why this December, each of us should pause, reflect and call on Jesus to help us to be better. It is also why I am reminded of how important these fruits are for life. Remember the Fruits of the Spirit we are to strive after: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
My hope and prayer for each of us in this month of busyness with the hustle and bustle, is that we can strive to live for Jesus. May we be worthy of that title Christian by our actions, reactions and common courtesy which other people really do appreciate when they experience it.