If you follow my blog you know I’m a fan of The Message (a translation of the Bible in modern day language). I really enjoy how Eugene Peterson can take a familiar passage and make it so fresh again.
Here’s a great example in Galatians 5 as Paul is talking about the “fruit of the Spirit.”
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” (Galatians 5:22-23 MSG)