God has a cornucopia,
Fruit of all sizes, shapes, and colors,
In His garden…growing.
LOVE must surely be an apple,
We're the apple of His eye;
Round and red…so delicious,
We need this LOVE to unify.
JOY is often said to be,
Grapes of all colors…that must be,
His JOY, spread out to many…not the few.
PEACE can only be a peach,
Cool and calmness…showing;
When we bite into this peach,
His PEACE…the world not knowing.
LONGSUFFERING is surely needed,
A banana it must be;
LONGSUFFERING…with patience, we must endure,
If, the Kingdom we shall see.
A pear surely fills that need;
Succulent, juicy and sweet,
KINDNESS, in every deed.
GOODNESS is a plum,
Picked when soft and mellow;
This GOODNESS reaches out,
Helping each and every fellow.
FAITHFULNESS must be far-reaching,
A pomegranate…it has many seeds;
The faith of the Son of God, we ask for,
His FAITHFULNESS goes out…meets every need.
GENTLENESS is a kiwi fruit,
Its skin is paper-thin;
So soft and green…on the inside,
Only with GENTLENESS, shall we eat the fruit within.
SELF-CONTROL would be a coconut,
Hard-shelled on the outside;
Within…enough to feed the hungry…satisfy the thirst,
SELF-CONTROL, when seen by others…cannot be denied.
Nine "Fruit of the Spirit",
Given to the Church;
These manifestations of His Spirit,
In God's people…no need to search.
His Fruit clearly present,
In the things we say and do;
Let's expect a rich harvest,
He wants to make all things new.
We'll go out into His garden,
Partake of what He's planted there;
You…from me…will take an apple,
I…from you…shall take a pear.
In this way we'll be His helpers,
His Fruit…freely giving out;
And, they'll say with great certainty,
God's business, we have been about.
Sept. 3, 2000
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