BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THEM

The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Matthew 7:16-18 “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.”

Mrs. Jaujo had ten children and then her husband married two more wives. But Mrs. Jaujo never became bitter or hateful when her husband neglected her for the other wives, even when she was forced to support her children by herself. After the youngest wife died, Mrs. Jaujo took the five children of the deceased into her little mud room in the African bush to raise them herself.

She made charcoal and sold it to help support the family. Mrs. Jaujo also labored from morning until evening on her farm to plant, weed and harvest.  And still she always took time to comfort another woman, wipe a child’s tears or fetch water for an invalid.

Each Sunday she kneeled in church, raised her hands and thanked God for her blessings. Then she bowed her head in prayer before dropping her ten-cent tithe and twenty-cent offering into the plate.

After she was diagnosed with heart disease, she still had a smile on her face and an encouraging word for those around her. Throughout the years her life grew into a tree full of ripe, juicy fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Any time I get discouraged or feel sorry for myself I think of Mrs. Jaujo. For if the same Lord who reigns in her also lives in me, surely I ought to bear good fruit, too, with God’s grace.

And all of us who profess to know Christ should bear good fruit.

I appreciate your support,

Blessings to you,

Celeste

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About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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