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.

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.

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!!

fruit of the spirit….

“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)

Aren’t those qualities beautiful?  Read them again and let them soak in.  These qualities are the ones that the Holy Spirit wants to produce in our lives.

By our own efforts, these “fruit” could never be produced in us as they were found in Jesus.  BUT, through the Holy Spirit living in us, Jesus’ own perfect character can be seen in us!!

“Every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 7:19.

Jesus told His disciples that you can tell if someone truly belongs to Him by the kind of spiritual fruit that they produce.  Why?  Because when you gave your life to Jesus, your salvation wasn’t free….it was bought by a VERY HIGH price!!  The death of Christ!!

Now, you might ask yourself why God thinks that you are worthy of that sacrifice.  Doesn’t it seem that despite all your attempts at perfection…you constantly miss the mark?  Well, our Heavenly Father has a very special kind of love for us and he longs for us to be in His presence.

John Stott said, “The mere recital of these christian graces should be enough to make the mouth water and the heart beat faster.  For this is a portrait of Jesus Christ.” Wow….I’ll let that settle in for a minute.

Living by faith in the Son of God is what the fruit of the spirit is all about.  Each day I want to take a piece of fruit and we can … eat it together.  (oh, I just patted myself on the back for that one!)  🙂

Tomorrow we can take a bite out of LOVE…..