“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV)

Galatians 5

Just because you’re a Christian, doesn’t mean you’re going to automatically get along with everyone in your office. It’s going to take real effort on your part. Even the disciples had problems with each other.

In Acts 15:36-41, we learn that Paul and Barnabas had an argument about another “coworker,” John (who was also called Mark). It seems that Paul didn’t want to take Mark along on a ministry journey because Mark had previously abandoned them in Pamphylia. But Barnabas insisted he come along. So Paul and Barnabas parted ways. Paul took Silas to Syria and Cilicia, while Barnabas took Mark to Cyprus. Interesting, isn’t it? Both Paul and Barnabas were godly men. They were committed to doing God’s work. They were part of the chosen group, yet they had strongly differing opinions at times.

Conflict happens. Maybe it’s happening at your workplace. If so, don’t join in the “strife-fest.” Instead, simply walk away. Turn to God and ask Him to help you be the peacemaker of the group. See these conflict-filled times as a chance to grow in the fruit of the Spirit. God will use this time to take you to a higher place with Him.

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Enjoy your Friday, “Working for Christ”!

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This “Working for Christ” article was written by Michelle Medlock Adams, a former award-winning newspaper journalist, who now writes magazine articles, devotionals, and children’s picture books. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Content edited and distributed by “Working for Christ” for non-profit educational purposes.

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5 Comments on “GROWING FRUIT!”

  1. Absolutely, love the post, The words are loud and true and the stairway so beautiful. My ladder of Hope.


  2. Annie B Says:

    As always, I love the message Dave – beautiful and inspiring. But today in particular, I really love the images you chose! Thank you!


  3. ramblingsofabipolarwoman Says:

    You my dear are being nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger 2013 award. Link back to this post for the rules and list of nominees:, including yourself!!! Keep blogging and thank you for sharing and for the support you have shown my blog. Keep inspiring and God Bless!


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