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Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

fullsizeoutput_ffeIn a recent Bible study – the discussion centered – for a short time – on the Holy Spirit. There were some questions raised that made me think some teaching and some sermons on the Holy Spirit were in order. This is just a short response to that study. I came across this passage about the fruits of the Spirit and thought I would spend some time with it this morning.

What do you think of when you hear the words kindness and goodness?  A few verses before the Gifts of the Spirit are listed in Galatians 5 – we read the following words. Galatians 5:6 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

When I think of kindness and goodness – I think of the heart of Christ. It is often contrary to my heart. I am not – by nature – a mercy person. I can express mercy – but only because of the grace of God – it isn’t from my natural fabric. The heart of God – the heart of Christ is seen best – for me – in the following passage. Continue reading

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The Fruits of the Spirit – Faithfulness

Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

82015 RayWe will continue this week – examining the Fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5 – today we will deal with the seventh fruit listed – faithfulness.

What do you think of when you hear the word faithfulness?  I first think of the vows we share at our marriages – to be faithful until death do us part.  Throughout the Bible the relationship between Jesus and the church is compared to that of the groom and the bride.  I like the love and passion shown for the church in this one.

Isaiah 62:5 – As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. Continue reading

October 13, 2015 Posted by | Build, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Fruits of the Spirit – Kindness and Goodness

Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

82015 RayWe’re starting back up this week examining the Fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5 – today we will deal with the fifth and sixth fruits listed – kindness & goodness.

What do you think of when you hear the words kindness and goodness?  A few verses before the Gifts of the Spirit are listed in Galatians 5 we read the following words.

Galatians 5:6 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

When I think of kindness and goodness – I think of the heart of Christ.  It is often contrary to my heart.  I am not by nature a mercy person.  I can express mercy – but only because of the grace of God – it isn’t from my natural fabric.  The heart of God – the heart of Christ is seen best – for me – in the following passage. Continue reading

October 12, 2015 Posted by | Build, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Fruits of the Spirit – Patience

Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

82015 RayToday is Friday.  I hope most of us will have Saturday off – a time for home chores and maybe some relaxation.  As we continue through the days ahead – examining the Fruits of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5 – today we will deal with the fourth fruit listed – patience.

I should skip this one – because patience is not one of my few virtues.  I am a typical tech junkie.  I like things fast and quick.  If I have to wait for something to load on my computer – for example – it is time to get a new computer.  Having said that – there are times I have had to overcome my natural non-patient self and show patience.  Most of us will struggle with one or more of the fruits.  We are not perfect.  Some fruits in our lives will be immature and all need improvement.

In the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible – the Greek Word translated as patience in the New International Version is translated as longsuffering.  In The Message – we read – we develop a willingness to stick with things. Continue reading

October 9, 2015 Posted by | Build, Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Fruit of the Spirit – Peace

Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

82015 RayWe continue through this week – examining the Fruits of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5.  Today we will deal with the third fruit listed – peace.  Peace is something that most of us search for – even yearn for – in our lives.

What is it that brings us peace? I could talk about temporal peace – much like happiness – and say that it is circumstantially driven.  Some peace comes over us when the circumstances line up properly. A measure of peace comes over us when we have completed our finals – a large project – our education – after a big family gathering. Eternal or spiritual peace comes from our relationship with God.

Job 22:21 – “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” Continue reading

October 8, 2015 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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