8th June 2017 was so much more than just a General Election. I am writing this on June 9th with a joyful heart. I give thanks that Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Patience, Goodness and Self Control are not dead. But I am also aware that neither are hatred, anguish, fear, selfishness, aggression, betrayal, impatience, evil and knee-jerk responses.
The things on the first list are “the fruit of the spirit”, those on the second list are natural human responses to situations. We have all experienced both lists – giving and receiving – and we know that the first list brings life, the second brings despair.
I have learned that the first list is not just fruit of the spirit, it is God within us– whether we recognise it as him or not. God is love, and love is God. God is joy and joy is God…. When we experience love, we are experiencing God.
The second list describes the absence of God. Hatred is the absence of love, anguish is the absence of peace…
Yesterday showed that God is still present in us. But it also showed that we can behave in very selfish ways. Many of us have selfish habits and responses that we cannot control, and think that we cannot get rid of. Believe me, we can conquer them! Talk to me privately if you want to know more.
Politics is important, but much of politics is about making the best of a bad job. It is about managing a dysfunctional society which tends to the natural human response. But I have a great hope. I hope that we can bring transformation to society. Let us strive to exercise and experience Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Patience, Goodness and Self Control. Let us choose God within us.