I remember when “thin” was a word more versatile than just describing someone’s bodily appearance. People would talk about the thin slices of bread sold at the bakery, or the thin congregation at the public gathering, or the need to thin the paint, or to thin the thickness of the wood before making a shelf, or to say that “money is thin this week.” I think our focus on physical issues compared to spiritual character has a lot to do with the versatility of our use of words.
The spiritual fruit are able to make thin the thickness of unfruitful circumstances. Love is able to thin the membership of hate groups. Inner peace will lessen the density of conflict and violence. Faith is able to thin the overwhelming width of despairing circumstances. And perseverance helps us to “motor on” mentally and emotionally when worldly resource are thin. I think our world would be a much better place if we focused more on thinning bad vibes and less on bodily appearances.
Here is a quote, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” Christ in us thins the internal feelings that leads to unfruitful behaviors within our day to day life. As those negative feelings thin, positive energy will fill our thoughts, emotions, words, and behavior. (James 4:1 from the Bible is the source of the above quote.)