In Galatians 5, the apostle Paul writes that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. He goes on to say that all Christians should be filled with this “fruit” because the Holy Spirit is alive in us. This is a positive and enlightening passage that informs our outlook on what it means to live life in relationship with God.
Another interesting passage, or should I say scene, is from the classic movie Three Amigos. El Guapo, the villain of the story, hears from his number one henchman that he has received many piñatas for celebrating El Guapo’s birthday. Feeling especially arrogant and grumpy, El Guapo asks, “Would you say that I have a plethora of piñatas?” The henchman replies “Yes, I would say that you have a plethora.” El Guapo responds, “Do you even know what a plethora is?” If you know the scene, you are already smiling. If you don’t know the scene, you can probably guess that the henchman has no idea what a plethora is. Still, he only wants to please El Guapo – maybe because he is a friend or maybe because he is afraid of him and does not want to admit his lack of vocabulary. It is a funny scene!
To have a plethora of something is to have many of them or to possess something in a large amount. Synonyms for plethora are surplus, excess, and overabundance. For a birthday party, a plethora of piñatas would be a lot of fun. But we are not talking about a birthday party here or even piñatas. The focus of this article is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. So the question, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, is this: Would you say that I have a plethora of fruit from the Spirit? As you look at my life or interact with me “in church” and “out of church,” is it evident that the Spirit of Christ is at work in me, bringing about all kinds of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Do you see these things evident in me and in abundance, overflowing into my relationships, filling the world around me with the sweet fruity smell of the Spirit of God? I know that your answer to this question is likely mixed, because in my life some days are better than others – as is likely true for you, too.
The more important question is when you look closely at your own life, do you see a plethora of fruity flavors from the Spirit of God? Did your conduct and relationships last week smell like the fruit of the Spirit, or did it smell like something else? God is gracious. His Spirit is plentiful. May you look forward to the week to come and build up a plethora of spiritual fruit with which to flavor the days ahead.
Blessings to you because of Christ,
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