How are you preparing for the holiday this week? Fireworks? Brats on the grill? Well, some prepare with lip balm. Huh? See, July 6 is National Kissing Day, of course! Why do we kiss? We want to show intimate love with our significant other. So, why are we talking about kissing?
The Fruit of the Spirit are like kind of like the Holy Kisses of the Spirit. When we talk about kisses, they can mean different things for different things. We kiss out spouse differently than we would kiss our parents. A gambler kisses the dice for good luck. A contest participant would kiss a car for hours to try to win it. A Jew would kiss the Torah. A championship hockey player will kiss the trophy. When we talk about spiritual kissing, however, they are metaphors for the touch of the Holy Spirit.
Kiss of Joy: It's an attitude that is deep. It's not a sudden spike of joy, like winning a scratcher ticket. It comes from God and sustains us in life.
Kiss of Peace: The world could be falling apart around us, yet we have an inner calm that is content and serene. It's the peace that doesn't make sense. Peace is a quality that Jesus gave to His Disciples: "My Peace I give to you." When we're living with the spirit and not the flesh, we can share that peace with others.
Kiss of Patience (Forbearance): It's a willingness to let others move at their own pace. Once we gain it, we can lose it really fast. But, we can learn to hold on to our patience, we'd be better off, right? How do we do that? Sometimes we need to let go of the need to control. Patience is the right time, right way, and right
Kiss of Goodness and Kindness: Goodness is a condition, a state, and a quality. Kindness is the arms and legs of goodness. A good person without kindness is a sanctimonious, self-righteous prig. A kind person without goodness is a poser. You can't just be kind in your heart; you hae to show kindness to someone.
Kiss of Faithfulness: When you commit, you bring the confidence in God. In our faithfulness there is a kiss that blesses others. If you were to count on your fingers how many truly faithful people you have, how many would you have?
Kiss of Gentleness: It's how we handle people's hearts. It's the absence of judgementalism and private slandering. Without humility and gentleness, we experience bondage and cannot have peace.
Kiss of Self-Control: This person is dependable and you can count on them. They can listen, manage boundaries, and never embarrass others.
Kiss of Love: You cannot do any of these things without love. Add all of the other kisses together and you will have the kiss of love. If it's going to be a fruit, it should be a passionfruit. Operate with passion.