When playing a game of solitaire, it’s only possible to enjoy or even finish the game if you have a full deck of cards. It takes every jack, queen, king, ace, etc. to play. When you first open up a new deck, you know that all 52 cards are there and you can play a few games no problem. As the weeks, months, years go by (especially if you have kids) those cards seem to slowly get lost. So when you sit down for a quiet game of solitaire it’s impossible to finish.
When you believe on Jesus and invite Him into your heart you are filled with the fruits of the spirit. You have just opened up a brand new deck of cards! Except this deck is filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control! Having each of these will guide your life and help you to finish the race. However, somewhere along the way, you may feel like you begin losing some of these and your walk with Christ just doesn’t seem as enjoyable as it did in the beginning. Matter of fact, you’re not even sure you can finish the race.
Well here’s some good news, unlike a deck of cards, the fruits of the spirit can’t be lost. Yes, contrary to popular belief, you can’t really “lose your patience” if you have Christ living in You. You may forget how to apply it, but it’s still there. Christ IS love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Ask God to remind you how to apply these in your life.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” – Galatians 5:22-23