Gentleness - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 9

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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

I don’t know what you think of when you think of gentleness. There are a couple of people that come to mind for me, but I don’t want to put them on the spot and embarrass them. So in an effort to relate to most folks, I’d like for you to think back to the very first newborn baby you ever held.

Remember the gentle way you received them from the person handing them to you. You held them with both hands carefully supporting their precious head. You took such care to be “gentle” with the newborn.

That is the fruit the Holy Spirit is developing in every believer. Some of us need more work in that area of fruit than other, but we are all growing in that attribute.

I’m studying in the Old Testament right now and sometimes it seems our Lord was very harsh, yet throughout the judgement and discipline He demonstrates, He also demonstrates gentleness with His people and with some foreigners who trust Him. (Rahab and Ruth come to mind.)

Faithfulness - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 8

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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

Aren’t you so glad our God is FAITHFUL? I am! I am currently in a Bible study and each week the first question of our lesson is “How have you seen God at work in your life this week?” Let me tell you, every single week I am reminded of God’s faithfulness.

I remember when we built our house I wanted the underneath of my cabinets stained. My husband told me then I could stain them. In the heat of the moment, I said I would. Well then he went off to work and I set about staining the underneath of my cabinets.

Let me tell you in about 30 seconds I wanted to quit that and let the cabinets be. My arms were on fire. But stain I did. When he got home the first thing out of my mouth to him was, “Aren’t you proud of me? I stained all of the underneath of the cabinets!”

He looked at me funny and said, “Well, you said you would.”

Right then I was reminded what it means to be faithful. People take you at your word. I said I would stain the cabinets and he counted it as done. Yes, I finally told him how bad it hurt and how much I wanted to quit. He just laughed with me because he knew how bad it would hurt being in an awkward position for that long.

I wish I could say that I’m always faithful, but we both know we are not always faithful. There are those times we say something that doesn’t mean much to us but it means a lot to the person we are talking to'; thus, they count on us and we don’t remember to follow through. Hopefully, that’s not the norm for any of us, but my point is I am not always faithful. But my Jesus is!

I’m so glad Jesus put the Holy Spirit in us as His deposit or guarantee that we are His, that He is coming back for us, that we will be conformed into His image, that we are never alone and on and on. As the Holy Spirit leads us to maturity He is developing the attribute of faithfulness in us.

What are some things we should be faithful in?

  • Our love for Christ - to love Him with all our heart, soul and strength

  • Our serving others - by serving others we are serving Jesus Christ

  • In our marriage - by being loving and faithful to our spouse we are presenting a picture of God and His bride

  • In honesty and integrity - letting our yes be yes and our no be no people know they can trust what we say; doing what’s right because it’s right

    and the list goes on.

We should be faithful because God is faithful.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9

So I have a question for you, “How have you seen God at work in your life this week?”

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?

Joy - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 3

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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)

Joy! Just the word “JOY” brings a smile to my face. It’s so much more than happy.

Many of you know that happy is derived from our circumstances, but JOY is from the Lord. If you look up the word ‘joy’, you’ll find one of the definitions as “the source or cause of delight”.

That’s the believer’s JOY! Jesus is our Source and our Cause of delight! Jesus and Jesus alone.

Just check out Nehemiah 8:10  “Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

I often wonder how in the world non-believers make it through this life. I know I have faced things that only the Lord could bring me through. In those hard times, I am reminded by God’s Word that joy will come in the morning.

Psalm 30:5 “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

While we are looking a verses on joy, take a look at these:

Habakkuk 3:18 “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”

 John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

 Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

 James 1:2 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,”

We have all seen people who have suffered significant loss or devastation and exude an inner joy in the midst of the circumstance and long after. That “joy” only comes from the Source of joy, Jesus Christ.

This week, join me in studying God’s Word, letting the joy of the Lord be our strength. After all, He is strong and has already overcome this world!