You can see a process video for this page by visiting the CR YouTube Channel or by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Gal. 5:22-25)
Many of us have heard this passage over and over, I’m sure. Do you ever stop to think about the last part of this passage? “Against such things there is no law?” (v. 23) What does that mean? That there is no law against these fruit? Of course there isn’t! How could there be a law against showing love, being joyful and kind, having self-control, etc.? Yes, Paul is referring to THE LAW — the Big Ten, the 10 Commandments. He’s writing to the church in Galatia here, and he’s addressing their legalism. They believed that they could earn their salvation by following the Law. But Paul reminds them that it isn’t about the letter of the law, but about the spirit of the law. When you are living by the Spirit, and exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit, you are thereby living by God’s law. Simply following God’s law won’t get you anything; but surrendering to the Holy Spirit, and allowing Him to live in–and out–of you, produces good fruit, and in turn you ARE following God’s law.
I compared the 10 Commandments in Exodus chapter 20 to the list of the spiritual fruit. If you consider the principle behind each commandment, you can easily see several fruit contained in it. That’s because the Law is a picture of God’s character, and so is the list of the fruit of the Spirit. It helps to reframe each commandment into a positive rather than a negative. For example, “Thou shall not commit adultery,” can be reframed as “Be faithful to your spouse.” The fruit therein is obviously faithfulness, but also love, peace, and definitely self-control. It’s a fun activity that I challenge you to do. I won’t list each commandment here and the fruits that I believe coincide, but if you’re interested, you can see what I wrote in the photo of my journaling.
I had a blast creating this page. I decided to journal Exodus 20 so I could make the connection between the Law and the Fruit obvious. I applied each color of watercolor paint at the top, and then blew it with a straw to get the free-flowing, spilling juice look. Then I stamped the fruit images and adhered the fruit words stickers. I made a tip-in with the devotional backing, and also cut out the title and verse to use on the tip-in. I added the alpha stickers from the kit, as well as some large letters for “God’s Law”. I wanted this page to make a big, bold statement! I added a few more embellishments from the kit, a tab and a bow. I finished off by journaling inside the tip-in using some Bible journaling sticky notes (see above photo), which allowed me to cover up the print on the back of the card without extra bulk.
Be sure to check out the process video, also linked below, so you can see how fun this page was to create! If you try the straw technique, tag me so I can see what you create!
How are you enjoying the kit this month? Don’t forget to visit out the FB Insiders Group where you can pick up a free coordinating printable, see others’ projects, check out the Live Videos, and share your own creations. The CR YouTube channel is where you’ll find our process videos for each kit. Of course, there is always Instagram, which is full of inspiration! Use the hashtag #creativeretreatkits and #faithartbox to see what others have posted, and to share your own projects. We love seeing what you create with the kits!
Thanks for stopping by and visiting! I hope you have a super “FRUITY” day!