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In Defense of Fruit

22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another. Galatians 5 (NRSV)
I used to make fun of the fruits of the Spirit. 
When I was about ten, I went to a Christian summer camp with my cousin. It was my one and only foray into the youth camp scene. For the most part I had a lot of fun, but one rainy day we spent several hours in a windowless room making “fruit bracelets.” Each color on the bracelet represented one of the fruits of the Spirit. As a general rule, if you’d like your topic derided by ten-year-old boys, turn it into a bracelet. When the rain stopped, my cousin and I engineered a rubber-band propelled mechanism…

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