New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

Have you ever heard someone say, “My spiritual gift is patience”? Or perhaps, “My spiritual gift is joy”; or possibly, “My spiritual gift is kindness.” As fine as these attributes are, they are not typically considered spiritual gifts, at least not in the writings of Paul we will address in this book. They are, however, listed in Galatians 5:22-23—along with love, peace, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—as being part of “the fruit of the Spirit.” These qualities are often confused with spiritual gifts. It is not uncommon for some persons, when asked what their gifts are, to respond with some aspect of the fruit of the Spirit.

—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

How do you think spiritual gifts differ from the fruit of the Spirit? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

—Galatians 5:22-23 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help me to discover and use the gifts you have given me to serve you. Guide me to find ways to use my gifts for the common good of others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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  • Ally Posted November 5, 2023 8:09 am

    I think the difference between spiritual gifts and the fruits of the spirit would be that the fruits should be embodied by every Jesus follower. The are abilities and callings Jesus followers receive to further the work of Christ. Each person’s gift is different. I would not discount that someone might receive a special outpouring of the fruits and perhaps that is their gift.

    • Rusty Posted November 5, 2023 1:23 pm

      Well said.

  • robert moeller Posted November 5, 2023 1:37 pm

    Yes, Ally, I agree with you and Rusty’s “well said” comment. The fruits of the spirit come with the spirit every believer receives.
    A wonderful worship today,. We remembered the saints in our lives, had Communion, and prayed for the near and far of our community of faith and beyond. That humans need God 365/24/7 is so obvious. Thank You, Lord for Your ever presence.

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