I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10
One of my wife and mine’s favorite movies is entitled, About Time. In this romantic comedy, the main start Tim, learns on his 21st birthday that he can travel back in time just like his father has been doing for decades. At first he uses this unique gift to help him find, court, and marry the girl of his dreams. But as he matures, he discovers that his gift is best used to reenact his day with acts of kindness, grace, love, humility, and goodness to make up for the many times he acted unkind, inpatient, unloving, arrogant, and hateful.
I suppose it is one of my favorite movies because of Tim’s great discovery of how to use his gift to better mankind. Of course, none of us can travel back in time to reenact a day. We must make the best of every opportunity to show kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience, and grace to those we come in contact with during the day we experience.
Perhaps this may have been part of the message the Apostle Paul was revealing to his brothers and sisters in Corinth. Apparently there were divisions in the church as evidenced in today’s passage. These divisions caused strife within the church and stifled the message of the Gospel. But the underlying problem may have been the absence of love, kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience, love, and humility in the lives of the believers. If these fruits of the Spirit flowed in the Corinthians as they stayed attached to the vine of Christ, the strife and divisions in the early church could have been avoided.
So it is as I deal with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As I stay attached to the vine of Christ, then the fruit of the Spirit will continue to flow through me. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control will over shadow my day and thereby impact my actions. There will be no need for me to travel back in time to reenact my day to correct acts of arrogance, hatefulness, anger, compulsiveness, and unlovingness. All I need do is focus on Christ and respond to the urgings of His Holy Spirit.
As you travel through your day today, I implore you to stay attached to the vine of Christ. Seek His counsel, read His Word, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide your actions. Then the fruit of the Spirit will flow through you and you will not need to travel back in time to correct any deeds that may not have been pleasing to Christ!