Personality is a bit like soup

Henry Wingblade used to say that Christian personality is hidden deep inside us. It is unseen, like the soup carried in a tureen high over a waiter’s head. No one knows what’s inside the tureen, unless the waiter is bumped and happens to slip, and then out it all comes. Just so, people don’t know really what’s inside us until we’ve been bumped and made to slip. It’s then that we reveal what’s really inside us. But if it’s the spirit of Christ that lives within us, what spills out is the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Left to ourselves none of that comes naturally. But those inner qualities of abundant life do come naturally to people who have and are being spiritually renewed by a living relationship with God.

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