We’re going through a series about Walking in the Spirit and we’re looking at the Fruit of the Spirit. We’ve looked at this progression about how God moves into us, transforms us and starts to move through us as we experience His empowering love (walking in the Spirit), the joy of being on mission with Him, the peace or shalom of God that takes away anxiety and fear, the patience God starts to give us for life, for others, for all these things, the kindness as He starts to give us hearts for others ( I want to serve, I want to give to others), and then He serves people through us with real goodness coming through our lives where we want to be open and transparent and generous as God lives through us. People who see you will say, “Boy, there is something different about you.”
Well, here’s what comes next, the fruit of the spirit called Faithfulness. You know, so many Christians experience what I’ve just talked about, but it seems to be so momentary and fleeting. One day they are having an amazing day of walking in the Spirit, and then the next day, it seems like they never knew the Lord to begin with. They are trashing everybody. They are not really loving anybody. They are depressed. And so that’s where the faithfulness comes. God empowers you to do this over and over, to keep loving people over and over and over, especially when they keep changing and when they are not faithful to you. Yet you, by the power of God, can remain faith-filled (which is one of the ways I like to look at faithfulness).
Here’s another definition for you: firm devotion to God, loyal to friends, discharging responsibilities properly, to be principle driven, committed, utterly reliable, true to one’s word.
Do people find that in you? Do they find that your word is your bond, that you said you’d be there and you would be faithful and you show up? Sometimes that’s where people see Jesus the most: that you just keep showing up. You’re a faithful friend. You don’t let them down. They’re not alone. They’re not struggling with life. You didn’t go on a mission trip together and we saw all the goodness and then where were you the next day when we got back to the States and back into our old relational patterns, were you still my faithful friend then?
My prayer is that we would see very clearly that apart from the empowering work of the Holy Spirit, I cannot remain faithful. I do not follow and obey and do it with joy, peace, patience and kindness day in and day out without the faithfulness of God. Life changes. Seasons come and go. But it’s God who gives us the ability to remain faithful to Him, to have good character, to be people of integrity, to love consistently over time. I pray that you would know that fruit and that there is no way apart from the empowering presence of Christ that we can have a faithful life.
For those who know people who don’t know God but look faithful and dutiful, what I’m talking about is way beyond duty. This is the empowering faithfulness of Christ, taking us well beyond what we would want to do or prove. This has nothing to do with proving. This is all about God motivating you and moving you day in and day out to be love.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus, forgive us who are so faithless to be full of faith, to walk by faith and not by sight, to show up day in and day out and let You use our lives to love others. Give us the hearts to want to live and serve and connect with others. Teach us to be faithful, God. Father, we know that apart from you, we can do absolutely none of this. So we pray that people would find us faithful. At the end of the day, Lord, that is exactly what we all want to hear from you: “well done, my good and faithful servant.” We know, Lord, that you will have empowered that faithfulness through us and we only did it because you brought it about through us. So we want to thank you that you want to empower us this way. Help us to submit to your spirit and live, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
I pray that you and I would know the faithfulness of God today. God bless.
It is a tendency to underestimate the enormous power of a simple decision, especially when that decision is grounded in what we know to be the will of God and when we are drawing on the power of God to act in accordance with it. Action based on simple decision shouldn’t be based on present human effort but past faith. Decision helps us to persevere when we encounter heavy seas on our journey. “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4)
The practical reason for this is that we don’t have to fight the same emotional or intellectual battles over and over. If we’re in need of some spiritual blessing that is covered by one of God’s promises, we can just believe for an answer as an accomplished fact, as the atoning death of Christ is an accomplished fact. Our natural tendency is toward self-effort. But God has ordained that His victories be accomplished in His power, not our own. If we have already one other victories in God’s power, then making the decision becomes easier to trust in that and not in our own power.
The tendency, however, is to hand something over to Christ and then consider taking it back again. Perhaps we become influenced by someone urging us to be “realistic,” as though faith and reality have become polar opposites. But if we begin to thank God in advance for His faithfulness – even in the teeth of adverse circumstances- we find we are releasing His almightiness in increasing measure, while at the same time encouraging ourselves.
How, then, can we begin to harness the power of Christian decision for everyday circumstances and challenges? Here are some decisions that you can make right here and now, committing to Christ the challenge of abiding by them in the days to come and reminding yourself of your decisions as necessary. Following are several promises about things that affect our lives regularly, together with a couple of references to scriptures worth pondering and affirmations that will deepen our acceptance of these blessings:
- Guidance: “I will seek God’s guidance in every area of my life.”
(Isaiah 30: 21; Proverbs 3:5-6)
- Peace: “I will draw on God’s peace and be contented with my circumstances every day.”
(Isaiah 26:3; John 14:27)
- Strength: “I will be strong in the Lord, drawing on His mighty power.”
(Isaiah 40:29; Phil 4:13)
- Self-control: “I will trust in the Lord to provide me with the self-control I need and then exercise that.”
(2 Tim 1:7; Gal 5:23)
We’re going through a series called “Walking in the Fruit of the Spirit” and trying to encourage one another as the Gospel convicts us to walk in the Spirit, not walk in the flesh. Scripture says, “Live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” So we’ve been looking at Love, Joy, Peace, Patience and last time, we ended with Kindness which transforms us from the inside out. Kindness moving through us leads us to Goodness
Now this is a special one: the fruit of the Spirit of Goodness. If you’ve ever heard me speak anywhere, you’ve probably heard me say this. If any good has come in or through me, it is God doing it!
First we start with agape love for others that God enables. And then we discern His mission for our lives, His Guidance, and we are filled with joy as we are walking empowered by Him, following Him. We have this peace, the Shalom of God that passes all understanding. We’re not worrying. We’re not anxious. We have the patience for others who seem to be frantic. Then we have the kindness that wants to move out and help others that don’t seem to be connected to God. And now, as we’re in the process of helping others, the supernatural power of God moves through us, expressing goodness through Spiritual gifts, through original abilities that are submitted to God that He uses through our lives. God uses us to serve others, producing Good. Real God good, through the power of the Holy Spirit through our lives, transforming our lives.
Here’s a definition of goodness for you: selfless desire to open yourself honestly, transparently and generously to others even when they don’t deserve it.
You can open yourself honestly, so you can be real. You can serve with the attitude that you are just one beggar showing another beggar where to get food. Let me tell you my real source of strength. My real source of power is God. It’s Jesus in the Holy Spirit, serving through me. We can be transparent and generous especially when people don’t deserve it, because I don’t deserve it. Understanding the goodness of God is understanding how good God has been to you first, and letting that transform you. Then you can trust His strength to serve through you and change lives. It’s walking in the power of the Holy Spirit with Spiritual Gifts on full display.
I want to challenge you today not to get caught into a trap that way too many people find themselves in: trying to compare themselves to worldly good and bad. The worldly good and bad gets blown away by God’s scale of real good. “THIS” is what God can do through you. “this” is what you do in your own strength. It doesn’t even compare! Only good comes from God, the Father of the Heavenly Lights.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus, it is our prayer that your goodness would flow into and through us today. Father, use our lives to advance your kingdom to bring glory to your name and to change lives according to your will. We are your servants. You are our Lord. Use our lives today to grow your kingdom. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.
God bless you as you walk in the goodness of Jesus today. Amen.
Hi again. We continue today with our series of Walking in the Flesh versus Walking in the Spirit. We’ve looked at the Fruit of Love, Joy, Peace and Patience. Now let’s look at Kindness.
Here’s a definition of Kindness: eagerness to put others at ease, a sweet and attractive temperament that shows friendly regard. It’s practical kindness with vulnerability out of a deep inner security.
Do you find that you are able to be kind? to everybody? When Jesus is moving in and through our lives, when we are living in the Spirit, He empowers us to be kind. When you are eager to put others at ease, you are bothered that others are anxious, not full of joy, not full of peace, not living in the love of God and experiencing His patience. You want to bring kindness to them. You know that it was the grace and kindness and mercy of God that touched you first, so now God is moving through us to others and trying to use our lives in kind ways to help change others’ lives.
He gives us a sweet and attractive temperament that shows friendly regard. One of my mentors always talks about countenance. How is your face winsome? Does it draw people in and help them see the love, joy, peace, patience of God? Or is your face showing dismay or impatience or judgment? I think God gives us that. I think that when we are walking by the Spirit, God supernaturally moves His kindness through me to others. He moves me to want to help others, and be kind, and put them at ease, and be a godly friend. God’s love, His hands and feet, move through me and through you to others.
So what’s your experience with God’s kindness like these days? Are you so filled with selfish ambition, which is an obvious act of the sinful nature that is mentioned in the previous paragraph, that you don’t really know the kindness factor that God wants to bring by the power of His Spirit? Kindness is anti selfish ambition. Kindness moves to help others, and only the power of God can do that for sinful people like me and like you.
Let’s pray: Father God, I pray that we would know your kindness in increasing measure today. Father, forgive us for our lack of the fruit of the Spirit, for acting in ways that are self-centered and selfish. Father, help us to embrace your love, your joy, your peace, your patience, and then move through us to express your kindness. Extend yourself out to others through us. Use us to do acts of kindness that will help people see that we can live for others because You have enabled us to. Father, I pray that you would free us up, that we would have that inner security knowing that we are so deeply loved by you, to care and love others in your strength. In Your Name, Amen.
Be blessed and live in the kindness of Jesus today. Amen.
Submitting to authority runs against the current of contemporary culture, and the authority of God is no exception. The very word “authority” seems to grate on the modern sensibility. It goes against the grain of self-leadership and self-help, two of the key idols of our era, to submit to authority or even to submit to the advice of a more experienced person. What many Christians don’t realize is that submitting to God’s authority not only helps us to avoid things that would harm us but also moves us toward things that would bless us.
First is important to settle in our minds that authority is central to the message that Jesus Christ came to proclaim. The kingdom of God is His complete authority. It is, moreover, is the fullness of His very presence, His nature, within us. If we enter His discipline and take up His yoke of training in righteousness, we will know the rest that He will gladly give us. If we overcome “the world, the flesh, and the devil” using His guidance and power, we will know the joy that He will gladly bestow on us.
Let’s consider three aspects of His Kingdom authority. First, it is the only true resting place we have. It says in Hebrews 12:28, “We are receiving a Kingdom of Heaven that cannot be shaken.” God doesn’t want us to find peace in something outside of Him; He wants us to find it in Him. When we are abiding in God, we experience peace, completeness, and well-being – a true place of rest and security in a harsh and changing world.
Knowing our human tendency toward self-leadership, God allows all our false resting places to be shaken. This shaking can be distressing, but we must keep in mind that we are moving step-by-step toward that ground floor of all experience, that resting place – or, to quote from Martin Luther’s hymn — the “bulwark never failing.”
Secondly, this authority can become a thing that we can exercise ourselves within proper boundaries. Jesus said, “‘I have given you authority … to overcome all the power of the enemy” and that “nothing will harm you.” (Luke 10:19). If we are facing anything that is truly evil, we can apply this reality and find that God is faithful. We can say, “In the name of Jesus, I take authority over this and affirm that it will not harm me.” In this way, we discover a resource of God that exceeds an authority of purely human origin.
Thirdly, the Kingdom of Heaven is God’s perfect plan or rule. You might think for a moment of an intricate mechanism such as a fine traditional clock. For the clock to run, each part needs to perform its specialized function. We have each been created to play a particular role in God’s plan. Unlike a clockmaker, however, our Designer gave us free will, and since He will not negate that, we must choose to play our designated roles. If we choose to follow God’s will, we experience an increasingly abundant life. If we choose to follow our own will, we will ultimately be disappointed.
Therefore, let’s raise our expectations of the greatness of what we are doing when we submit to the authority of God. If, for example, this takes the form of repentance, we are not only putting behind us something at variance with his authority, we are moving on without hindrance toward the joy and peace that reflect His will for us. Indeed, as it says in to 2 Peter 1:4, we can participate in the divine nature. His authority in the world guards our hearts and minds against whatever would conspire against that joy and peace, which completely transcends our circumstances.
We’ve been going through the series on walking in the Spirit versus walking in the flesh. We’re looking at Galatians 5 the Fruit of the Spirit. We’ve already covered Love, Joy and Peace, which now leads us to Patience.
Let me give you a definition for Patience: slowness in avenging wrongs, the quality which keeps the believer from responding to negative situations out of hatred or anger.
We can stay in that love place because God fills us with that Love. We can discern His will and obey His will and experience the Joy of the Lord. We can know the Peace and connection with God through His grace and forgiveness and let that grace and forgiveness create Peace with others. We can trust His power. We can trust His wisdom for our lives and not be anxious and not worry. And then, God empowers us to be Patient with others.
I work and mentor Christian leaders to business leaders all around the country, and patience (which we say is a virtue) is an elusive reality for all of us. That’s because most of us are trying to control it. Rather, this is a fruit of the Spirit! I cannot be patient the way God wants me to be patient without letting Him give me the strength to be patient! It makes me think of “be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry (James 1:19). That’s divine patience. That’s Godly patience. It’s a fruit of the Spirit, not of the flesh.
So instead of the passage before this one that talks about hatred and jealousy and fits of rage. Patience comes against fits of rage, and it diffuses them. God says, man’s anger does not produce the righteous life that God requires or desires for us. Patience gives us the strength to be the instruments of grace and love, rather than “wrathing out” or having fits of anger and rage against each other.
I want to encourage you to believe that unless you are submitting to the Spirit today and asking and inviting Him to guide and empower you in that way, you will miss the mark. In your flesh, you cannot be patient the way God brings patience. So I want to encourage you the way the Spirit is encouraging us all, through His word, to walk in the Spirit and we’ll not gratify the desires of our sinful nature to hurt others. We can be absorbers of people’s anger and diffuse it with patience. I pray that would be us.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus. Without your love, without your joy, without your peace, we will not know your patience. Father, make us patient people who know how to listen and are instruments of your connection. People are desperate for others to care for them and connect with them, and it starts with listening. It starts with patience and wanting to get to know them. Fill us with your patience this day. Use our lives. For those of us who have parents and children especially, Father give us patience with them. Let us not exasperate our children, you say, as Fathers especially. Give us your patience so that they know that we love them no matter what. And we will bear with one another in love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
God bless you as you let Him enable His patience through you today. Amen.
Have you discerned the presence of a Guiding Hand in your life? In fact, do you realize there is much evidence of that throughout history, both biblical and secular? God’s providence in your life and throughout all history pertains, in an overall way, to freedom.
Consider the nature of certain Biblical and secular events. God rescued the Israelites with a mighty hand, but they fell back repeatedly into spiritual slavery. Christ freed us from sin but we’re tempted constantly toward things that would hold us captive.
In America, the great struggle of the 19th century centered around freedom for the slaves; in the 20th century around freedom from the tyranny of Nazism and communism. Now, for several decades, our culture has been held hostage to a mindset influenced heavily by consumerism, sensuality, and the cult of celebrities.
We might break the freedom theme down into two ideas: purpose and peace:
- Purpose. The Lord wants each of us to live high above our earthly events and circumstances, close to Him, triumphing continually over our sin tendencies, depending on Him for all our needs, and trusting in Him increasingly. As we respond to each difficulty by resting in God, trusting in Him, then every experience we have, whether good or difficult, can be used as a step forward into greater spiritual freedom. More dependence on God equals more freedom. It’s a cycle: something happens to us, we can use it to depend in Him more, we experience our freedom and then of course, life being what it is, a new difficulty develops. It’s an upward spiral, a positive cycle. We find over time that we’re living at a higher level, and there is nothing about our day that has to be negative. Faith and a sense of purpose interact with each other: Greater faith leads to a better sense of God’s purposes, and better sense of God purposes leads to greater faith.
- Peace. If we react rightly to events, however, we discover that God is giving us opportunities, step-by-step, to experience freedom at new levels. True freedom looks very different from the scenes advertised continually on TV, and it is paradoxically always in the context of obedience to God. Yet in the deep reaches of our being we recognize freedom for what it is. False freedoms and false resting places abound. We can imagine we would like life to be a continual series of drop-down menus where we make a choice, but when life sometimes does seem to go like then we wonder why we can start to feel anxiety. Likewise we can imagine that a certain condition of bank account or geographic location will provide the resting place we long for, only to find that some unforeseen challenge has arisen. Eventually, like St. Augustine, we conclude, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
When we’re living life on the kingdom plane, nothing can have the power anymore to drag us into captivity. Something tries to, and then we can draw upon the power of the cross. What we need is the power to have that freedom, and He is eager to give it to us every day. Our job is just to trust in Him, to rest in Him and His truth. By doing that we’re accepting the power to be free.
Hi. We continue in our series looking at walking in the Spirit. We’ve talked about the Fruit of the Spirit: Love and Joy. Now we’re going to look at Peace, the Shalom of God. What does it mean to have the fruit of the Spirit producing peace in and through your life? Can people notice it when you have the fruit of the Spirit of peace in you? Do they notice that you’re not anxious, that you’re not worrying?
Here’s a definition of Peace: a state of assurance, a lack of fear provided only by God, the unity between believers, freedom from worry and oppressive thoughts.
I know so many people that come to me in pastoral counseling and in mentoring situations that are just anxious and concerned about where their future is going. And sometimes it doesn’t feel comforting at the get-go to encourage people to live by faith, to walk into the unknown and be unafraid. I think our world has so trained us to be in control that when we don’t feel that we know where we’re going, we start getting anxious. That way of thinking and that way of living is putting us in the driver’s seat, us in the Lordship seat of our lives, if you will. Not God. The peace of God comes when you submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In and through His grace, He’s guiding us to that place. You can breathe! You know that you are loved! You let that love and that joy of walking in obedience, produce that peace. You are anxious for nothing. But in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests before God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus, we are told.
So I want to encourage you in that. Another part of the definition of peace is the confidence and rest in the wisdom and sovereignty of God more than your own. You see, when I can believe that God is all powerful, all-knowing, and He can bring anything about, it brings me peace. If God wanted me to have something that I’m anxious about, He’d let me have it. And if not, I’m at peace. I can embrace my lot in life. I’m content.
And then, can that peace move between people? Can we have peace with each other? Jesus commanded us to be at peace with each other. Again, that is the fruit of the Spirit, my ability to bear with others, to love them anyway and to give them grace. To be at peace comes because I first have received the grace of God and I feel loved. I feel at peace.
I pray that that fruit of the Spirit would be yours today.
Let’s pray: Father God, I’m so grateful that you want to bring your peace into our lives. And that Shalom that we can all experience by the power of your Holy Spirit is right here for the having. Father, I pray that we would get away from leading our own lives, that we would stop trying to control it, and that we would learn to rest in You. You lead us by your still waters, as we are reminded in Psalm 23. You restore our soul. Father, help us to be at peace. Help us be still and know that You are God. I pray that You’d bring that about today in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
God bless you. Let His peace reign in your heart and in your mind. Amen.
Here’s another devotional on walking in the Spirit vs walking in the flesh, looking at Galatians 5. Last time we looked at the fruit of the Spirit of Love. Today I want to look at the next fruit, Joy. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy….”
Here’s a definition of Joy for you to consider: “to delight in God and His salvation for the
sheer beauty and worth of who He is, not based on circumstances. It’s obtained by doing the will of God.
Joy is mentioned in Scripture many times. One example is, “for the Joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Well, what was so joyful about that? This is right after the Garden scene, where Jesus is literally crying tears of blood and weeping and begging God to take the cup from him. Joy really does transcend circumstantial realities. It’s not happiness; it’s Joy. It comes from doing the will of God. There’s that inner satisfaction. There’s that inner joy from knowing that I’m doing what my Lord and Master has commanded me to do. You’re doing it in His strength, so you’re not actually the one doing it. It’s His love moving through you and you have that Joy knowing that even though you’re being resisted by the world and Satan and your sinful nature, you’ve submitted and you feel the joy of being on mission with God. You know that He will accomplish His will, even though you might not know what that is. Sometimes we don’t need to know. Sometimes I’m on a need to know basis and I don’t need to know. I’m just told to go … and God moves through me.
So I want to challenge you to consider your obedience with God these days. Is it bringing this gladness, this delight, this special presence of God, this inner Joy, this inner glow? And do people notice it? It is the fruit of the Spirit. God will help you experience Joy as you follow Him.
One of the things I love to watch is when pilots fly aircraft, especially in dogfight situations, in F15s and Raptors, etc. When they lose sight of their target, they call out, “No Joy!” So this would be you losing sight of the target of God’s will for your life. You will have no joy, but once you have acquired the target again which would be the will of God, you will be fully Joy.
Let’s pray: Father God I pray that you, by the power of your Spirit, would make your will plain to every one of us. Father, we come seeking your will. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done. On earth as it is in Heaven. Father, we want to hear, “well done, good and faithful.” We want to obey. We want to be guided by you today. We don’t want to be distracted. We don’t want to be off-mission with you. We don’t want to be tempted away to pursue any other idols and listen to them. We want you to be our God and our Lord. Command us this day, Father, and strengthen us that Your will might be done. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
God bless you. Walk in the joy of the Lord today. Amen.
Let’s continue our devotional series on the Fruit of the Spirit: the difference between walking in the Spirit and walking in the flesh. Last time we walked through verses 16-21, which encouraged us to walk in the Spirit rather than gratifying the desires of our sinful nature manifested in sexual impurity, debauchery, idolatry, etc. Paul finishes with a big statement: “I want to warn you as I did before that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Those who have the Holy Spirit in them and have been baptized have the possibility (because only God can bring this life about through us) to walk in the Spirit and have the abundant life. But yet we choose to disobey God, to resist the Spirit moving in and through our lives, and we engage and live in ways that are not engaging God and are not good for us.
And then Paul shifts (and this is one of the more famous passages of Scripture). Verse 22: “But the fruit of the Spirit ….” How am I going to know when I’m walking in the Spirit? What will be the fruit of what God does in and through my life? “The fruit of the Spirit will be…” and then he gives 9 fruit: “…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Then he says this, “Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, [since we are dead when we walk in the flesh] let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Let’s always remember that it’s the Spirit doing this. Don’t get conceited. When you see God doing all these miraculous, amazing things through you, don’t get conceited. Be humble. Remember that it’s God doing it.
Today, I want to talk about love, the first fruit listed. Love is what God desires to do in and through us. This IS what God does through us when we’re walking in the Spirit. The definition of love is “to serve a person for THEIR good and intrinsic value, not for what the person brings to you. Not just emotions and feelings, love is the decision to commit to the well-being of others.” Unconditional. Love is a decision to commit to the well-being of others.
It’s very clear in my journey of faith that any time I had the loving disposition in me toward others in my life, it was definitely the Spirit empowering it. I know that I am a very self-centered person walking in the flesh, a person who engages in relationships for what I can get from those relationships. The kind of love that the Holy Spirit empowers, though, is a self-giving love, a love that considers others better than yourself, a love that wants others’ good, no matter what, even if it means you don’t get anything in return. You want others to have. It’s that unconditional, agape love where you love people even if they hate you. You keep coming at them with love. That is the supernatural fruit of the Spirit that Paul is talking about.
So if you remember the acts of the sinful nature (hatred, anger, discord) that he mentions in the previous verses, this blows those out of the water. This says, when I walk in the Spirit, I love even my enemies. And I love them with the ever-flowing stream that I’m tapping into as I submit to God, as I abide in Christ. He flows through me and love comes out.
So I want to challenge you to believe that LOVE is what God wants for you today. God wants you to experience and express His supernatural love in all of its manifestations. He wants you to know the life that is truly life: to walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh. Remember, those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. As we grow in Christ, it’s less of me, more of God. Less of me, more of God, over time. That’s part of being crucified with Christ. Therefore, I no longer live but Christ lives in me.
The unfortunate part is that we are a decision away, a thought away, a drift pattern away from disconnecting with God. His Spirit is constantly calling us forward, constantly calling us to live by the Spirit.
Let’s pray: Father we want to be your people of love. We want to know your agape love. Father please come. Transform us from self-centered people who only think of ourselves to people who are like you, who are love. God is love. Make us more like you. Empower that love in and through us. Thank you, first and foremost, for loving us that way: loving us without condition. Your grace keeps coming. Father, move your grace through us this day, that others may see our lives, see you moving in and through us and bring glory to your name, and see the fruit of Your Spirit. We pray this all in Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen
God bless you as you walk in the Spirit. May you see the fruit of the Spirit of love today. God bless!