Ever try to carry around a very full container without spilling the contents? It's a hard thing to do. You try to hold it steady, take small steps, hold your breath, and.....then splash it's contents all over the floor! That's the nature of things.
The same is true with us. We are also containers of sorts. As we walk through life, whatever fills us will eventually spill over on those around us. If you're filled with anger or bitterness, careful as you may be, harsh words and actions will ultimately spill over. If you're filled with jealousy, distrust and a stirring up of trouble against another person may be the result. If you are filled with sadness, you will find that emotion creeping around every corner. It touches everything you come in contact with.
But, if you are filled with love, you will look out for the other person and meet his needs above your own. If you are filled with joy, you cannot help but smile and encourage those around you. If you are filled with peace, you have the capacity to calm those around you even when you find yourself in trying situations. If you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you can't help but leave "splashes of grace" along the path of life.
My prayer today is, "Lord, fill me so full of your Spirit today, that those around me can't help but be splashed by your great grace!"
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)