Goodness - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 7

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5: 22-23

Is there anyway you could explain the fullness of God’s goodness to you? Neither can I! His love and mercy and goodness is beyond what we can comprehend much less explain to someone else.

And yet, that is a part of the fruit of the spirit that the Holy Spirit is developing in us!

I knew a doctor once who I never heard say an ill word about someone. Ever. One day while working together, we found out about something that was, well, it was terrible. As this doctor talked about the incident, he never once said an ill remark about the person who was the guilty party. I looked at him and said, “You know, Doc, I don’t think you’d say anything bad about the devil. I’ve never heard you say anything bad about anyone.” He laughed and said he didn’t think he could say something good about the devil.

But the point is, what a great testimony/reputation! I wish that were true about me but, alas, I’m afraid not. However, through the years the Holy Spirit is changing me, for the better!

As believers, our first response should be toward goodness; giving the benefit of the doubt, lending a helping hand, or choosing encouraging conversation.

We are the recipients of God’s goodness and should therefore be the extension of His goodness, don’t you think?

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!

Psalm 31:19

If God were to say to you - “I could give you what you’ve prayed for OR I can give you what you’d truly desire IF you knew what I know.” Which would you choose?

Kindness - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 6

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5:22-23 ESV

Kindness. People around us need some kindness. We loose sight of that sometimes when it seems others are not kind to us. But the Holy Spirit will develop this fruit within us. Our job is to practice kindness.

I’ve joined a Bible Study Fellowship and a few weeks ago. We are studying the People of the Promised Land and we’re in Joshua now. One of the ladies in my class made the comment that Joshua listened, prepared and took action.

How do you practice kindness? I’m glad you asked.

LISTEN -The first and foremost way we must practice kindness is by getting in God’s Word - daily. The more we seek the Lord through prayer and Bible study the more we will be allowing the Holy Spirit to develop kindness in us.

PREPARE -Next, put a smile on your face. Start the smiling first thing in the morning, even when no one by you are present! Listen to some uplifting Christian music and meditate on what you studied in God’s Word.

ACTION -Then put it into action by being kind to yourself and those you come in contact with each day. We are kind to ourselves by forgiving ourselves when we have sought forgiveness, by letting things go when we can’t change them and by remembering to Whom we belong. We are kind to others by smiling at them, listening to them and speaking nicely to them, even when we may have to say something that is painful.

You and I both know it’s not always easy to be kind, but it’s always the right thing to do. After all, how will others see Jesus and “want” Jesus if they can’t see Him in His followers.

12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. -Colossians 3:12-13

Patience - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 5

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

Just hold on one minute! Stop right there! Where is our ‘patience’? And I’m not talking about a sweet lady I know by that name. (wink)

Patience. My mother always said, “Never pray for patience. All kinds of trouble will come your way to help you develop that virtue.” I believe she was right!

What a wonderful part of the fruit of the Spirit, though. I have joined a Bible study class and the leader of the class has me mesmerized. She is very soft spoken and patient with the attendees. She let’s people talk until the conversation dies down, but if we are running out of time, she gently moves us forward to the next question. She definitely shows patience in the class.

“With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone. “ Proverbs 25:15

Patience. One of the aspects of the fruit of the Spirit that is a hard development for many of us. I’m so thankful that in God’s wisdom, He has patience become more evident in us as we mature - both in Christ and in years!

My parents always amazed me when they were with my children. They were sooooo patient. Things that I would have been torn up over, my kids could do and never hear the first reprimand. Now, if you are a grandparent, you may totally understand the patience that comes with grandchildren. (I know I’m stretching the “application” here, but you get my point.)

God is so patient with us. He calls us to Himself - salvation. He transforms us to become like Him - sanctification. And He will take us home to be with Him - death or rapture. Yet, as we walk through this life, we often think that the world is swirling in evil (and it is) and we wonder why God is not stopping it. It’s because He is patient! He does not want any to perish. (Go to hell.)

I’m so THANKFUL that we serve a patient God, aren’t you? I am very grateful when He is patient with me. And I am reminded and convicted by His Spirit to develop and extend that same patience in my life to others.

Yep! I’m a work in progress as we all are. This week, keep and eye out for the patience you see in your own life. Patience that you know God is extending to you AND areas that you can be patient with others. I will, too!

Peace - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 4

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

Have you ever stood under a waterfall in a quiet place? Or maybe sat by a babbling brook listening to the soft sounds of nature?

There is a ‘peace’ in that moment that we would like to hold on to. That’s the way I would describe the “Peace” of God. Of course, scripture tells us that the peace of God passes all understanding.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Notice what else that verse says - the peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Let that sit a minute.

I don’t know about you, but I have experienced that peace! It’s indescribable. Much more that the opening paragraph can express!

I believe that’s what the '“peace” in the fruit of the Spirit is. It’s more than “Peace WITH God”, it’s the “Peace OF God”. You see when you have peace with God, you know your salvation is secure in Him. But when you have the peace OF God, though the earth shakes beneath you, you have peace in the midst of the chaos.

That, my friend, is a beautiful thing. Life comes at us all. No one is exempt from crises, hardships, trials or failures. With the Holy Spirit growing the fruit of the Spirit in us, we can love beyond what we are naturally capable of; we can have joy in the middle of our circumstances; we can have peace because God is in control even in our mess.

I think “Peace” is really resonating with me this week because I am reminded that we cannot always be at peace with others, but we can have the peace of God within. We cannot always (well, never) control our environment, but we can have the peace of God within.

This week be encouraged! Peace be to you.


18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18 ESV