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Discover the “fruit” of the Spirit within!
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

for Sunday, February 11, 2024

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO • 314-406-0041

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Introduction: Spirit is one of the synonyms most often used in the Bible as God’s name. It captures the absence of matter in a way that perhaps no other synonym can. When we identify God as Spirit, the flesh, or physique, is left out of the picture altogether. Without a physical sense of identity, our own, or God’s, we are forced into a fresh perspective, a view of man and God that not only goes beyond our material understanding of things, but also takes away all the limitations of material views and beliefs. What an opportunity to experience freedom! This week’s lesson uses the analogy of planting, or sowing, and the harvest of “fruit” that comes as we take what we are learning of God as the creative Spirit of man and the universe, and nurture it in our experience, wherever we are in life.

Golden Text and Responsive Reading: “…God gives the Spirit generously.” This verse from John 3:34 in the Common English Bible gives us the premise and truth of the nature of Spirit which is generously poured into all creation. We each are, by nature, abundantly anointed with Spirit. We are Spirit’s very expression, so how could it be otherwise. The “trick” is to be able to perceive this by leading human consciousness ever in the direction of Spirit, and away from matter.  In our Responsive Reading this week, the verses from Numbers (11:24-29) and  1st Corinthians (3:16; 6:20 glorify) tell of the generous nature of Spirit’s essence as it pours on each of us when we are ready to receive it. And why wouldn’t this be the case? Paul tells us “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” This is our very being in truth. We may try, but ultimately we cannot escape the spiritual fact that we are Spirit’s creation, outside of the dream of life in matter.

Section 1: The fruit of the Spirit is goodness and freedom.

It actually isn’t hard to identify what Spirit is bestowing and ripening in us. But in case you are wondering, Paul tells us clearly in citation B1/Galatians 5:22, 23.
The New Living Translation states it this way: “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Matter poses in our thought as a law “against” these qualities, shackling us to temper, despair, and loneliness. But God, as Spirit, is pouring out on each of us, the nature of man as “love, joy, peace,…” and so on.

We are created by Spirit to express and experience the freedom that comes from living these qualities in our daily experience, welcoming them as our nature. Sometimes this can seem so challenging when we are in pain, or tempted to feel hurt or angry about circumstances, or by people. Spirit’s anointing is here in this moment, giving us the spiritual and true perspective that brings to the surface of our human experience, our natural self-control. This is not a forced, willful, control. Rather, it springs from our nature as Spirit’s creation, not matter’s. I find this most evident in my experience as a mom. At times it can be tempting to see parenting as an imposition of the parent’s desires for moral goodness, or just plain good choices, over a child’s desire to choose their path. This is a fruitless and disappointing view of parenting.

Each of us is the very expression of Spirit. Whatever path is chosen in such a temporary and insubstantial circumstance as the mortal dream, the truth of spiritual creation will prevail. Our job, my job, as mom, is to discover what is actually true in my thoughts about my children. Once I discover this, there is inevitable freedom. I know what my job is in that moment, and I am free to properly love and support the truth about my children, at whatever age. This process of discovering the spiritual truth about my thoughts about my children is a profound and practical one that yields the ultimate spiritual “self-control” and peace, as well as harmony.

Mary Baker Eddy quotes the Bible “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (citation S2/481:3-5) This verse truly sums up the freedom we can experience each day as we embrace that Spirit in our role as parents, and equally to all our interactions with others. We find we are not subject to the actions of others, but simply to spiritual truth. “Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.” (cit. S4/249:6-9)

Section 2: Creativity is the fruit of the Spirit.

Perhaps one of the most limiting factors for man is the belief that we are personally responsible for ideas, creative solutions, even finding our own unique purpose in the world. This section lays this mistaken belief to rest. When we pause to recognize that Spirit is the creative force in the universe and that as Spirit’s creation we naturally are given purpose and skill, we find ideas to flow much more readily, without anxiety and pressure.

We can remember to question the thoughts that come when we find ourselves close to a deadline. We can acknowledge the unlimited resource of Spiritual creativity that is expressed in us as Spirit’s creation.

Usually fear is our biggest enemy. Fear tells us that we are limited, either in time, or mental capacity. But when we acknowledge that it is Spirit that is behind every “project”, big or small, we can feel the freedom and excitement of knowing that what we need will be revealed just as we need it. This isn’t for our personal benefit, but in fulfillment of Spirit’s purpose for each of us to bless. This purpose is revealed in completeness and on time. It requires of us some of those spiritual qualities that we listed in Galatians: such as faith, patience, peace, and meekness.

“Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear.”  (cit. S9/506:18) It’s all about Spirit here. When we lose a false and separate sense of self, we find ourselves the beneficiaries of these unfolding thoughts!

Section 3: The fruit of the Spirit is spiritual mindedness.

We all want to perceive the beauty and peace of Spirit. Paul gives us some advice on how to find this peace in Romans (12:2 be/cit. B5). One of several lovely translations, this one from the J.B. Phillips, puts it this way: “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all His demands and moves toward the goal of true maturity.”

We cannot find our most worthy purpose, or our truest self by modeling our behavior and thought after what we see around us. To find deepest peace and joy, we have to turn to the ultimate model of divine Spirit. To be spiritually minded is to constantly endeavor to turn our thoughts towards Spirit and away from the sometimes enticing, always disappointing mortal models that are presented to us of material wealth, material success, fame, physical comfort and so on.

Ever seeking a spiritual mindset really reminds me of several of Jesus’ Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:”Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. And, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they will be filled.” (New International Version) Each of these Beatitudes turns away from matter to Spirit in order to find true fulfillment.

Section 4: The fruit of the Spirit is spiritual development.

Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed (cit. B8/Matt. 13:1-8, 18-23) is our ultimate story of sowing or planting and reaping fruit! In our Responsive Reading Moses reminds his followers that it’s a blessing for everyone to be given the spirit of prophecy.

Spirit is impartial in bestowing insight, understanding, and harmony. It is our job though, to prepare our thought, our spiritual “soil”, if you will, to receive this “seed”. If our consciousness is “stony”, for example, we won’t have the depth of practicing spiritual qualities that allow us to thrive, even when the going gets tough.

If all we do is enjoy our material existence and give no thought to what elevates or enriches our lives, then we are like the seed that is tossed on the roadside and gets eaten by the birds. This seed is just left on the surface and ignored, passed by, in pursuit of more short-term pleasures.

The seed that falls into the weedy thorn patch, is the human thought that gets easily sidetracked by the daily excitement of life–what we think will distract us enough to keep us busy. This seed gets choked out by all the busy-ness of daily life, even the things that are seemingly “good”. But, if we keep our thought in good practice, expressing patience, joy, meekness and so on, our “soil” is ready for each “seed” or inspiration that comes, throughout our day, from Spirit. We have never missed this “seed”. Spirit is constantly “planting”.

If we are feeling empty or disappointed in ourselves for one reason or another, it is never too late to practice turning over that soil of thought that readily receives and actively tends the seed of Spirit. “The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimilated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and meek. In the soil of an “honest and good heart” the seed must be sown; else it beareth not much fruit, for the swinish element in human nature uproots it.” (cit. S16/272:3-8)

Section 5: The fruit of the Spirit is healing.

This is something that Jesus proved throughout his ministry. In Luke 9 ( verses 38-43/cit. B12) there is a story of a man whose son appears to possibly have epilepsy. The father refers to it as “a spirit” that overcomes the boy. The father has asked the disciples to heal the boy and they are unable to. Jesus immediately heals the son, who initially, upon Jesus’ rebuke of the disease, has another epileptic fit, right on the spot — as if to counteract Jesus’ declaration of wholeness. This is a helpful message to us as we approach our own healing work, not to be dismayed or fooled by a strong reaction to our acknowledgment of wholeness.

Mary Baker Eddy refers to apparent reaction in a case as “chemicalization”.
“If the reader of this book observes a great stir throughout his whole system, and certain moral and physical symptoms seem aggravated, these indications are favorable. Continue to read, and the book will become the physician, allaying the tremor which Truth often brings to error when destroying it.” (cit. S25/422:5)

Most of us have experienced a time or two where we are coming to Science and Health on our figurative knees and finding only words. Maybe you have felt the reactionary urge to just throw the book across the room! But, we can do as Mary Baker Eddy urges, and “Insist vehemently on the great fact which covers the whole ground, that God, Spirit, is all, and that there is none beside Him.” (cit. S24/421:15) This may start as words, but we will eventually awake with that Spirit consciousness that is always within, always bestowed. We may need to steadily practice those “Galatian qualities” sincerely and regularly, but we will feel the Spirit within. (in citation B1/Galatians 5:22, 23)

Section 6: The fruit of the Spirit is Oneness.

Spirit’s abundant outpouring is completely illustrated in the account about the day of Pentecost from Acts (cit. B15/Acts 2:1,4-6,12-17, 21,43 and many, 44,46,47 (to 1st.) . This gathering where everyone hears one another in their own language stands as a symbol of how Spirit can bring us all into unity with God and with each other. Spirit’s creation must know one another, must be one. We are all from the same creative source!

With one God, Spirit, we are all related, all one. Of course this takes our spiritual practice of all that we have spoken of here in order for us to see past the ugly pictures that matter presents. But step by step, each day, we are led to see Spirit in action, man’s holy nature as Spirit’s creation. Thus we progress in our understanding and experience of the harmony, joy and peace of living in the conscious awareness of Spirit. Because this Spirit is within each of us, it is inevitable that we discover and enjoy this truer perspective of God and man.
It is a worthy endeavor, and it is our purpose as Spirit’s creative expression.

P.S. You are invited to our virtual hymn sing this Sunday, February 4, at 7:00pm Central.

Musicians: The Jenkins Family

Format: The prelude will begin at 6:45pm Central, followed by the hymn sing at 7:00pm Central. The Jenkins family will share 7 hymns on CedarS 2024 metaphysical theme of joy, followed by the Doxology. Afterwards, those who want to stay on the call can hear some brief updates on happenings at camp.

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