Love

Let’s review the nine fruits of the Spirit of God. We started with love, joy, peace and meekness, and devoted two columns to the art of long-suffering before moving on to gentleness, today’s topic. How many of us have now memorized the fruits in the order in which they are listed? I confess I got two of them out of order when writing and was excited to get to one I particularly liked and had to do some backtracking to get them back in perspective. Perhaps this will help: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

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We have reached the third fruit of the Spirit of God, peace, and I can attest to the fact that God is always on time with His messages for us. There has never been a time in my life that I remember more people needing to find peace in their lives, homes, professions, neighborhoods, communities, and yes, though it’s sad to write, their churches. There is such vying for authority, leadership roles, being No. 1, and getting attention that it is a wonder the dear Lord has much room to work in hearts.

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What is love? Everyone has his or her own take on what the short four-letter word means, and the Bible has much to say about it as well. We hear a lot about it during the month of February, and men and women, and boys and girls are shopping, creating and thinking about what to do to express their love.

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Apparently, love knows no age limit and gets sweeter the longer it ripens. Bishop Horace Hall Sr., 90, of Beaumont, and Pastor Winnie LeBlanc, a 75-year-old native of Wells, were married Saturday, April 6, at Kingdom Connection Church in Beaumont.
The two pastors were family friends for more than 30 years but became involved in January.
“The only way we knew each other before was through Christ,” LeBlanc said.
Hall is a widower and LeBlanc is a widow.
“He’s not a stranger,” LeBlanc said. “It’s just that we never had any reason to connect. I knew his family and even his deceased wife.”

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