Gifts vs Fruits to decipher

I know I said I will stay away from religious posts.
I really have nothing to share, explain or boast.
But a lot of topics have been bothering me.
In my mind, trapped they want to be free.

I'll tell you just one more thing.
For the moment, this one I'll sing.
I want to tell you how to discern.
Something to me that has been a major concern.

God is so generous. He freely gives.
He makes his sun shine on the good and bad alike.
Irrespective of what they do and all of that despite.
So how do you discern when He constantly forgives?

To be in synch with God means to be in spiritual communion with Him.
That is not as easy as it seems; sometimes you have to go out on a limb.
The Spirit distributes gifts to each one accordingly. 
To spread the Word and heal and for ministry.

The same Spirit distributes according to His will and knowledge.
To each one, it is different and maybe even unique if you didn't attend college.
You could suddenly learn an instrument and burst with baffling creativity.
And even heal and deliver and interpret dreams and have knowledge beyond reality.

But remember those are merely gifts. 
They aren't dependent on a performance appraisal. 
God does not ask for refunds even if you create a rift.
He's not taking it back once He puts them on your table.

Therefore, be not enchanted with the gifts of mortals.
Although tongues and insight or foresight may seem spiritual.
It does not mean they are right and walking with God.
So don't base your all and last penny on their ephod.

Instead, look for these ....the fruits of the Spirit.
You cannot go wrong when He is housed within it.
Love, peace and joy.
No external force can destroy.

Patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness. 
Even self control and faithfulness.
These are the fruits of the Spirit.
This is what a true worshipper inherits.

Remember the gifts will still be there.
You'll continue on your creative spree and affair.
But if you've lost the fruits.
That's certainly not good.

Then it's time to stop, think and look.
Before the fallen world gets you in it's hook.
Don't go around sharing your despair.
If you don't feel the Spirit any longer there.

The greatest of these is love.
If you don't have this, you don't have the dove.
You may speak in strange tongues and the language of angels.
But if you have no love, your spirit is weak and pitiful.

So don't go around preaching and teaching.
If you yourself in the Spirit are lacking.
God is ever forgiving. But if you're out of grace.
Maybe stop in your tracks; take some time and space.

Because if any of these are led astray.
The one who had knowledge will be made to pay.
So if you feel disconnected from the source.
Maybe stop a while and rethink your course.

-RUELHA 
www.ruelha.com 
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    1. Thank you Collin. πŸ™πŸΌπŸŽ€πŸ€©πŸ™πŸΌ
      I think I’ve used it before in two of my religious poems before….but for the life of me….I can’t seem to remember much to locate them…..πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…….thanks for stopping by….as always….hope the weekend was great…

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    1. Absolutely……totally agreed dear.
      It’s a reminder and explanation to myself too…..I write and learn….in a way. πŸŽ€πŸ€©πŸŽ€πŸ€©πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

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  1. Beautiful, the fruits of the Spirit which is found in Galatians is for all Christians, and when we are walking with Christ daily these are the fruits we want to make sure we are barring. The scripture on Love is taken from 1 Corinthians 13 that make couples use when they are saying their wedding vows, a wonderful reminder that the greatest is love. I will be sharing your post on quietmomentswithgod.

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    1. The greatest of all is Love…..
      So often we are reminded of the power of this commandment….
      Simple….just one….yet we find it so difficult.
      Thanks for sharing my poem Eileen πŸ™πŸΌπŸ€©πŸŽ€πŸ’—πŸ™πŸΌπŸ€©πŸŽ€πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ€©πŸŽ€
      Stay blessed.
      Love and hugs

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        1. πŸŽ€πŸ’ŸπŸ’–πŸ’—πŸŽ€πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’–πŸ’ŸπŸŽ€πŸ’—πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’–πŸ’ŸπŸŽ€πŸ’—πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’–πŸ’Ÿ

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    1. Thanks CindyπŸ’—πŸŽ€πŸ’—πŸŽ€πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸMy heart is a wild child, remember? πŸ˜…πŸ˜‰πŸ™ƒπŸ˜„πŸ™ˆ
      Cannot be trusted at alllll.

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    1. Absolutely Vgeorg…..
      If grace is present…..it is sufficient. πŸ˜‰πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’ŸπŸ’—πŸŽ€πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ
      Thank you for stopping by and reading ….and your kind words.

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    1. Mommie…..πŸ’—πŸ’ŸπŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ’ŸπŸ’—πŸ’ŸπŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ’ŸπŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ’ŸπŸ’–
      My biggest fan, everyone!
      And she’s finally learned how to comment!
      Thank you Mama…
      For being my only follower and reader for the first few/many months πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ˆπŸ’ŸπŸ’—πŸ’–πŸ’ŸπŸ’—πŸ™ˆπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜…

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  2. SMiles Rue i Rarely Find ‘The Spirit’ in Church Other than
    Song Particularly When Priests Say Love is only A Choice

    And Not A Feeling
    Yeah if that Was

    True We Might

    Not Have Psychopaths
    Devoid of Empathy As

    All We Do as Even Ironically
    Science Shows Is Driven by

    The Spirit of Our Emotions in Concert
    With All Our Senses Yet True Looking in the

    Windows of the Eyes of Soul Where that came
    From the Issue Is Clear Where That Discernment

    Did Not Come From

    Yes There is Essence

    And Form No Need for

    Books or Even Words to

    Find the Spirit Within

    To Give And

    Share

    Born This Way A Child

    Baptizes As A Child Does

    In Smiles With No Division

    For the Child Sitting in The Pew

    In Front of them Then Humans Divide

    Themselves From Others the Core Function

    Of All Religion, Politics, And Even Philosophy

    When A Dance And A Smile Needs None of that

    At All To Touch The Face of God in Someone Else…

    SMiles Rue i am so sick and tired of Politics and Religion

    Holding Hands and Folks with Little to no Ability to Discern

    Truth and Lies Within Those Brick and Mortar Walls i Rarely

    Have Any Real Desire to Visit Anymore as Love Died There

    And Doesn’t Seem to Be able to make it’s Way Back It’s True

    Wherever it is Whoever It is When Love Dies So Does Jesus

    And God In Metaphor always… A Famous Bishop Today

    Face of the Catholic Church On Youtube Said

    That The Teachings of Jesus Aren’t

    Even Important If Not for

    The Myths

    His Teachings are

    No Greater than A Sufi

    Mystic True Rumi is a Great Poet too…
    Not Everyone Gets Poetry And Even
    Fewer People Get (DO) the Message of Jesus
    In the Story Clue: Love For All Now No Exclusions

    iT Ain’t Rocket Science And It’s Not Like the Cure Ain’t Already In there

    Yet It’s True if Love Does Not Breathe Within It is Nowhere At all for the Empty Shell….

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    1. I’m divided on that Fred.
      I have repeatedly changed my definition and understanding of love several times.
      The Christian in me says love is a decision and choice.
      The human flesh in me says it’s a feeling.
      The mind tells me it’s an equation of that perfect equilibrium…..that I’ll be explaining in one of my next few poems
      …..soooooon….watch out

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      1. Take Away Emotions
        And A Human Literally
        Cant Decide What Color
        Socks to Wear to

        Church

        That’s What
        Happens Just
        Lose Your Emotions

        And See What Decisions

        We are Able to Make

        In Life Shallow

        Of Feelings

        Make

        Psychopaths

        Who Have

        No Ability to

        Love At All No

        Emotions Make A
        Zombie Real there
        Is An Entire Spectrum

        To The Living
        And The Walking

        Dead SMiLes
        Ask Someone

        Who Has Lost

        Them And They

        Will Tell You Who

        God

        Is Not Void
        Of any Spirit At All

        Oh How We Will Get
        Trapped in The Tools

        We Create And

        Lose

        Touch

        With Who We

        Verily Are Within

        The Wind Spirit

        That Will Never

        Fit A Word

        The Living

        God Love Within
        Weak Men Raised
        As Warriors To Kill

        Have

        Been Defining

        This God Of Love
        Within Eons Without

        A

        Breath

        Of Love

        To See Yes

        Emotional Intelligence
        Is God Intelligence

        Those

        Who

        Have

        Little Are
        Obviously
        Poor in Spirit

        Doesn’t

        Need All
        These Words
        Just Someone
        Who Has The Ability

        To See
        Soul

        Even

        Just
        A Cat Or Dog
        More Human

        Than

        Most

        Folks Where i Live…
        Smiles Dear It’s A Tradition
        In The Deep South Here not

        As

        Much With
        Women Yes Men Raised
        With Stone HeARTS CoLD

        A

        Tear
        Only
        Coming

        From a Beer…

        Seriously Science
        Proves This As Real

        Now As The

        Nose On Our
        Face Some Folks

        Smell This God

        Of Love Some Do

        Not God Is Love A

        Real Life Muscle Some

        Folks Develop And Some

        Do Not It’s Truly

        Impossible to

        Fully

        Understand

        Until one Loses

        The Entire Muscle

        In Hell On Earth

        Literally Worse

        Than The

        Worst

        Pain

        Known

        To Humankind

        Ever been in A

        Position Where

        You Can’t Play
        Tic Tac Toe
        Or Figure

        Out How To
        Make A TV Dinner

        Been There Done
        It Babe If You Ever

        Lose All Your
        Emotions Let

        Me Know Better Yet FEEL SENSE
        What You REALLY Learned About

        God You’ll Do
        Whatever

        It

        Takes

        When You
        Find Out God
        Is What Makes

        Any Decision Possible
        At All It’s Truly Good News
        God Is Real And This Love

        This Heaven Within Drives

        Human Altruism

        Yet Folks

        Still Worship

        β€˜Bomb Shells’

        In Church And

        Say Vote for

        Trump As

        They

        Don’t

        Have Enough

        Emotional Intelligence

        To See Who is Playing

        Them To Death of Soul

        What They Did not
        Develop For Eyes

        To See

        The Difference
        Between Human
        Angels And Demons

        β€œWith No Clothes”

        Ask Yourself
        Why is it Hard

        To Decide if
        Love Is A Choice

        Perhaps Your

        Answer

        You’ll Find….

        My Faith is 100 Percent
        The β€˜Other Place’ Teaches Best

        Indeed

        The

        Blind

        Will Come

        To See God

        Reborn to Breathe

        Again Or The Real

        Life Miracle A First Breath of

        God Where All Colors Come

        To Life
        Stone

        HeARTS
        Dance And
        Sing From Within

        Finally Naked And Free

        To Give And Share All

        Free With Cognitive

        Empathy Enough To

        Harm All Of Nature

        Least For Really Real

        God Is Real Oh How
        Difficult This

        Becomes

        Hidden

        In A Word

        Or One Man

        Who Doesn’t

        BREaTHE AT ALL

        When HiS Story Fails to Live🌟

        -Interview With An X-Devil

        For

        Real No

        Joke i used

        Do Be A Devil

        The Only People
        Who Learn The Strongest

        Essence Of God

        Forgiving

        The

        Devil

        In

        Hell

        Greatest

        Test of β€˜God’

        To Fully BREaTHE

        And Live and True

        It’s A Rather

        Exclusive

        Club

        i Pray

        β€˜You’ Never Join β€˜Us’

        β€˜Judas Bleeds Most’

        β€˜The Devil Loves Most’

        Meh.. It’s All About β€˜Perspective’

        Yes Seeing DarK
        Through

        LiGHT

        Holy
        Sacred

        Discernment
        That Only An

        Angel
        And Devil

        Fully Developed

        In Living Breath Will See…

        Just

        My

        Opinion 😈 πŸ˜‡

        Meh… β€œGod Why

        Have You Forsaken me”

        The Story is

        Old

        And

        New As

        The Human Soul

        Is Real And Breathes God…

        When Mother Teresa Got
        Burnt Out Lost Her Emotions
        She Said She Lost Her Faith too

        Gandhi

        Liked The Story

        Of JeSuS Yet

        Not Unlike

        me He Found

        β€œChristians”

        A Bit Hard

        To Stomach

        Why i Spend Most

        Of my Day in India

        True A Place

        More

        Of β€œNamaste”

        Yet Only The Women

        Literally only The Women

        It Doesn’t Have to Be
        This Way Yet it is

        Wherever

        Toxic

        Patriarchy

        Suffocates God Dies Within

        SMiles Rue You are Naturally

        Gifted Sweetheart i Don’t

        Expect

        You

        To

        See Where i’ve

        Been never Ever

        Want Anyone to Go… 🧊

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      2. “Love” is such a vast, broad concept! It is noun and it is a verb. It is an action, a decision, a feeling, a state of being, a purpose, a compulsion, an instinct and one of the most difficult simple truths in the world. xx

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    1. Absolutely my point. Thank you for working that so well Mercy. πŸ’ŸπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’ŸπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’ŸπŸ’—πŸ’ŸπŸ’—πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸŽ€πŸŽ€πŸŽ€πŸŽ€πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜
      Fruits are only produced if the seed of the spirit is allowed to grow and nurture.
      And if we STAY CONNECTED TO THE VINE.
      Gifts are awesome…..but they remain irrespective of our connection….πŸ™ƒβ˜ΉπŸ™ƒβ˜ΉπŸ™ƒ

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      1. Smiles. ❀❀
        Yes!. Staying connected and being willing!. πŸ’―
        True!. I remember reading a verse affirming this. And it made me become cautioned about the need to be in constant check – if I am still connected to Him or not.
        We are helped. πŸ™Œ

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        1. Absolutely MercyπŸ’–πŸ’ŸπŸ’—πŸ’–πŸ’ŸπŸ’—…..I’m learning as I write….constantly πŸ˜…πŸ™ƒπŸ€”πŸ˜‰πŸ€žπŸ™ˆπŸŽ€πŸ™πŸΌ

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