Do you know the simple children’s song, “I’ve got peace like a river?”
There are three verses and each gives a word picture of a fruit that the Holy Spirit grows in us.
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul
I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you how to succeed,
who leads you in the way you should go.
If only you had paid attention to My commands,
your peace would have been like a river….
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!
Those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.
It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them,
giving them eternal life. John 4:14
We sang this song on Sunday, repeating each verse’s single phrase over and over again [six times if you’re counting]. It reminded me how Jesus told His disciples they needed to change and become like little children if they wanted to enter the kingdom of heaven.
The same simple faith is how the Holy Spirit grows fruit in us as we remain attached to the vine. Though it’s not always easy, it isn’t complicated. I just have to be like the child who reaches for her parent’s hand and doesn’t let go.