I’ve just started to wear my “gifts of the spirit” bracelet the past few weeks to remind me to be open to receive those gifts given freely without effort or merit. This week, I was then prompted to buy a “fruits of the spirit” bracelet to remind me of how gifts and fruits are inseparable.
When we are given gifts, we are called to give them away, to plant and cultivate them in order to produce fruit.
We must go beyond our one dimensional understanding and seek a higher understanding, a deeper meaning to live this life well.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
When we are given gifts, they expand and multiply when we give them away, producing fruits. They move us from “me” living to “we” living.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, generosity, joy, gentleness, peace, faithfulness, patience, modesty, kindness, self-control, goodness, chastity.
Seven gifts creating twelve fruits. Pretty good odds to bet on.
Be open to gifts. Plant seeds. Harvest fruit. Gifts to fruit every time.