be gentle….

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

Gentleness used here describes a condition of the heart or mind.  You can say that it is a gentle spirit.

Jesus was gentle and meek, but He was not weak. He blessed others out of a heart of love and compassion. In fact, Jesus and Paul both emphasized that we will have a right spirit toward others only if we approach them in a gentle, considerate spirit.

1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, “But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.   So affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.”

Many people associate gentleness with weakness and that is incorrect.  Being wimpy or timid are NOT products of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 1:7, “But God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.”

Strength and gentleness are blended together.  God does not want us to treat our fellow human beings harshly…HIS nature is to be merciful, kind and gentle…and full of His power.

what? Self-control?

“The fruit of the Spirit is love , joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  (Galatians 5:22)

Ok…I’ll be honest here…when I think of self-control….I think of food.  This is a tug of war in my life every single day.

God has given us free will, but that doesn’t give us license to do whatever we please.  He gave us a free will so we would voluntarily love Him, and obey Him.  But that, my friends, can only be done with the help of the Holy Spirit.  It might be the last fruit of the spirit, but it is certainly not the least.

Temptation comes to us in soo many ways.  But if we immerse ourselves in His Word and let the Spirit guide us then we can overcome.  Our culture today might say, “if it feels good do it”…but many people that gave in to that (bad) advice are in the BIG HOUSE today for acting on it!! (not the White House, but prison, silly…)

A person without self-control is very vulnerable.  THAT person is controlled by self…which is in direct contrast to what the Holy Spirit wants for us.

So have you messed up?  Don’t let your sin doubt your salvation.  Deal with it, confess it and re-commit your life to Christ.  Surrender and admit that you can’t do it on your own.

Nope….we can’t do it on our own.  The Bible clearly says that there is a struggle within us.  It’s daily and sometimes hourly.  And without the Holy Spirit inside of us…..we will be powerless.

Remember….the fruit of the spirit aren’t something we can scrounge up on our own…but they are free gifts that God has given to us…….and that’s a good thing….

be gentle….

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

Gentleness used here describes a condition of the heart or mind.  You can say that it is a gentle spirit.

Jesus was gentle and meek, but He was not weak. He blessed others out of a heart of love and compassion. In fact, Jesus and Paul both emphasized that we will have a right spirit toward others only if we approach them in a gentle, considerate spirit.

1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, “But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.   So affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.”

Many people associate gentleness with weakness and that is incorrect.  Being wimpy or timid are NOT products of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 1:7, “But God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.”

Strength and gentleness are blended together.  God does not want us to treat our fellow human beings harshly…HIS nature is to be merciful, kind and gentle…and full of His power.

faithfulness…

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

While we might not be able to see the outcome of what God is doing in our life or where He’s taking you…but always know that God will never lead you astray.  He has our best interest at heart.

I am so very thankful that God has given us the faith to believe His truth.  I am thankful that God is faithful and trustworthy.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

We simply need to have faith in God and trust Him IMPLICITLY!!  Do we have honesty and integrity in our actions?  Are we being reliable in our commitments and responsibilities?  We should be acting faithfully and know that our actions, our thoughts and our motives are under the constant observation of our Heavenly Father.

Revelation 17:14, ” ..for He is the Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen and faithful.” (NKJ)

That’s who I want to be…..called, chosen and faithful….

kindness and goodness..will get you places…

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

Kindness or gentleness, is a beautiful quality that touches our relationships with others.  This fruit talks about being thoughtful in the way we treat others.  Goodness speaks more of a moral quality.  It has more to do with our character than with our behavior….but it DOES affect our behavior.

Sometimes christians have both an agenda for themselves while earnestly pursuing God’s Will.  They mean well, but can sometimes fail to be gracious and kind in the way they try to pursue His Will.

Kindness is very much like love in the sense that it is an unselfish act.  Just because someone doesn’t do something nice for you doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do something nice for someone else.  We should always set an example for right living.

Romans 12:10, “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.”

Ephesians 4:32, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.”


hmm…..patience…that’s a tough one…

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,  peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.   Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

Ok, patience is not something we can truly pull off by our own will.  It is supernatural.  It is another fruit of the Spirit.  Often we think of patience as waiting for something to happen and then being in a good mood about it!  Some translations  call it longsuffering. and the dictionary explains it as, “long and patience endurance.” Ouchie….that sounds like it’s going to hurt.

God has an excellent reason for wanting us to have patience.  In His master plan of salvation, God intends to provide an opportunity for everyone who has ever lived to understand His Word and repent.  And in regards to our relationships with one another we are told…

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”  Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV)

Let’s all try to have the quality of a calm, tranquil frame of mind…beginning by trusting in the sovereignty of God and by waiting on God’s perfect timing in all our circumstances and with other people.  Hmm…this is going to be a tough one….but a good one.

Tomorrow KINDNESS!

peace, dude…

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

PEACE!!  Well, the FIRST peace we all need is peace with God.  Our sins are an offense to His holiness.  THANKFULLY, Jesus paid our debt.

Peace can be defined as a state of harmony between two parties.  But again….that sort of peace is dependent on outward circumstances.  The peace that the Apostle Paul speaks of is the profound state of well-being and inner tranquility that comes from being right with God…..no matter what our circumstances.

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:1 (NIV)

Hmm….but what about peace in our lives?  You know, the everyday peace that we all need?  That’s what I want.

When we have a bad day, you can either choose to wallow in despair, hang your head down and complain or you can make the choice when you walk out the door, that no matter what happens to you today, you are going to smile and not get hot and bothered.  Make no mistake!!  It won’t be easy….but it will be worth it!

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  John 14:27 (NIV)

This kind of peace will, undoubtedly, have an impact on our peaceful relationships with others….but it all begins with God.

Tomorrow…PATIENCE!

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy…..(you know the rest..)

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  Against such things there is no law”  Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

JOY!!! A lot is said about being happy…..having fun……giggling and laughing…and there is nothing wrong with that, but those feelings don’t last.  Those feelings are temporary and also depend on circumstances.

But joy is one of the Fruit of the Spirit.  Joy is deep and lasting.  Not the same as happiness but is a result of a relationship with God.  Happiness is an emotion.  It’s something that you feel one minute and could be gone the next, based on what’s going on around.  However, JOY is a gift of God.  People who are joyful may not always be happy, but they choose to display the joy that God has given them and shine their light so that the world can see.

You may be going through the worst trial known to man, but if you choose to be joyful regardless of your situation, regardless of your past, then God sees and honors that.

Peter encourages us to rejoice that we can honor God by setting a good example even when we are mistreated through our service to Him.

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.”  1 Peter 4:12-13 (NIV)

We can rejoice knowing that God is always there to help us individually – just as He will help our spiritual brothers and sisters scattered all across the world.

Tomorrow…PEACE!!

all you need is love, da da dada daaaa…

” The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law”  Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

LOVE…..This isn’t the Hollywood version of love.  The word for love in this verse is the original Greek word AGAPE.

There are three types of love.  EROS love is known as “erotic love.” PHILOS love is a brotherly love (love between friends) and AGAPE love is the ultimate love…it is the unconditional love.

When you love unconditionally, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get hurt…and it doesn’t mean you won’t be talked about….but it does mean that you are displaying the fruit that JESUS displayed!

This quality is significant to our relationship with God, because we can’t know anything about love apart from Him!  1 John 4:8, says, “He who does not know love does not know God, for God is love. When we have truly felt God’s love for us in sending His only Son to die on the cross for us, then we cannot help but love others as He has loved us. That kind of love will impact us in a life-transforming way!

So we can ‘taste’ that this fruit signifies an unselfish love that gives…without expecting anything in return.  Its a love that always seeks the best for its object.  A supernatural love of which we’re not capable apart from the Holy Spirit.

I want to be treated with that kind of love.  I want to treat others with that kind of love…and we can..when we live by the Spirit.

Tomorrow is JOY!!