It is God’s intention that our lives should be a seamless manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22–23). He has made abundant provision for His indwelling our lives in the here and now. Appropriate attention to the care of our souls through His empowerment will yield this rich spiritual fruit and deliver us from the sad list of “deeds of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19–21). We can be channels of the grace of the risen Christ, and through our ministerial activities—speaking, praying, healing, administering—He can minister to others. But we must attend to the means of His grace in practical and specific ways to experience His life into and through our lives.
More and more in our modern world, I see this one trait of true Christians as becoming more highlighted in how much it is lacking in the world (and even among many believers today!). From Stand to Reason…………….
God gave us our emotions, and they are good. But it is important for us to keep our emotions under the control of the Holy Spirit (self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit), and peace works to keep our emotions in line with the Spirit. An insightful article from BiblicalCounselingCenter.org………..
I have enjoyed this series on the fruits of the Spirit from Place for Truth. Lately in the evangelical world, gentleness has been getting a little bit of pushback, people saying that Jesus wasn’t gentle with the moneychangers or the Pharisees. But that is because they were leading the lost sheep of Israel AWAY from God. But for people who needed healing or a better understanding of the character of God, He was gentle…………….
We all know the old joke about not asking God for more patience……because He will make sure you get it! Nevertheless, patience is a good thing, because it is a fruit of the Spirit, and for me is one of the hallmarks of a mature belilever. Here is some more info on this important spiritual fruit from Place for Truth……………..
Anyone who writes a blog, hosts a podcast, pastors a church, writes books and poems, etc. is going to eventually run up against some haters. Even little old, encouraging me received a comment on one of my posts because they did not believe in the Trinity! Frank Viola is an interesting man and writer, one of those “shoot straight from the hip” guys, but his views are thoroughly orthodox and biblical. Here he offers his experience and advice to deal with haters………………..