I recently read a tweet which said, “Being a jerk to everyone you think is wrong about stuff is not a mark of orthodoxy or courage but of arrogance and fear. The saints used to pray for “mellowness of soul.” This is a good prayer. (from Tish Harrison Warren)
I loved this tweet. Unfortunately, the political climate of the past year has given some Christians the belief that they can be “unkind” in the name of Jesus because they think they are “right.”
During the past year, I think Brian and I have received more unkind and way out of control emails than any year in the past. They have been from Christians of course. (Christians who somehow have forgotten about the fruit of the spirit when emailing other Christians.)
Christian character is marked by the fruit of the spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
My prayer is that we at the Vineyard will not be jerks for Jesus. I’m so thankful for so many wonderful believers here at Vineyard North Phoenix who do exhibit the fruit of the spirit.