Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Gentleness

Grow in the spiritual fruit of gentleness

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Gentleness

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

-James 4:10

The word gentleness is the same quality as humility and meekness. They all mean this: submission to the Lord, knowing one’s sense of worth and mildness of temper. A humble person is not trying to impress others because they already know who they are in Christ. They carry themselves in authority and is aware of all that belongs to them.

A meek person has the ability to harness their emotions and dictate which actions they will take. A gentle person is not critical, sharp, or pressing. They’re understanding and know which words to speak at what moment.

This is probably the most difficult Christian virtue to master. It feels good to get revenge when it’s in your power to do so. A meek person allows the Lord to fight their fleshly battles while they obey Him by praying for that person and blessing them. A humble person is not puffed up. They know they can do nothing apart from God and rely on Him in all circumstances. It’s a great understanding of, “I’m not better than anyone else, but I have all power through Christ Jesus to do all that needs to be done on earth.”

The best way to grow in this area is to constantly be connected to the Holy Spirit and continually water the fruit with the Word. Try these tips below to really boost your humility walk. Read more

Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Goodness

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Goodness

“Depart from evil and do good.”

-Psalm 34:13

How are you feeling today? Did you wake up refreshed? Or did you have a hard time sleeping last night? Was it easy getting ready today or frustrating? And other people, how have they treated you today? All these things affect us, but the way to conquer those things is by keeping a good attitude. Things don’t have to be perfect (in fact, they never will be) for us to display the fruit of goodness. It’s a decision that we make. Decide, “I’m going to treat people good regardless of how I feel.”

I think it’s easy to forget the degree of Jesus’s sufferings. We remember him on the cross, but that was the end of His sufferings. The journey to the mount was way worse. His family tried to kill Him. The religious people of His day constantly plotted how they might overtake Him and kill Him. He lost a large portion of His followers when He told them He was the Living Bread and Water. John the baptist doubted Him. When Jesus needed His disciples to pray with Him and while He was sweating blood, they were snoozing away. One of His disciples betrayed Him and sold Him out for thirty shekels of silver. One of His best friends (someone who witness the transfiguration on the mount) denied Him.

He was beaten. They blindfolded Him and hit his face. Then, at the only hope of being released the town’s people shouted for the release of a murderer instead of Jesus. He was assigned to carry His own cross up a hill. Upon fainting, they appointed Simon to help Him. He was on the cross for 6 hours. That’s 360 minutes! He didn’t curse anyone or plot for revenge…. He just prayed for them.

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Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Kindness

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Kindness

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

-Phillippians 2:3-4

Kindness can be described as a few things: compassion, generosity, tenderness, sweetness. When fully developed, this fruit of the Spirit is the salt and light of the world. This makes people stand out in today’s society. It touches the souls of others and can cause tears to flow. There’s a golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Treat others the way you want to be treated.)

There are plenty of ways we can practice sharing kindness with people. In this article, I’ll share a few ideas with you.

Greet People And Smile

I personally love when people greet me. It’s a form of respect from one fellow human to another. Smiling is communicating. It’s just as effective as a, ”hello”. As much as some hate to admit, we all need one another. Every relationship began with some sort of acknowledgment. Start with a smile, and if you feel led by God, start a conversation. That person may end up becoming a new friends of yours. Even if they don’t, you can still make a difference in their life.

One day, I had to go to Shoprite. I wanted to go to the one by my house, but God told me to go to the one across town. Although I didn’t know why, I decided to obey and traveled the 15 minutes to arrive there. In my parked vehicle, I prayed and said, “I don’t know why I’m here. But I believe you sent me so allow me to be aware of my surroundings. Show me where you need me.” Then, I went inside and began to shop as usual. Read more

Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Patience

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Patience

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

-Colossians 3:12 NIV

Patience is lacking in our world today. People are so quick to get mad and curse someone out if they did an action they didn’t agree with. I saw a video of this lady yelling at McDonald’s team members because they were out of cookies. It was extremely sad because humans are not perfect (and as someone who used to work in fast food, things run out from time to time). Under the video, the comment section was filled with people who were rooting her on. They were saying things like, “I know that’s right!” and “That will teach them.”

Especially in a work situation, people are usually trying their best with what they are given. I remember one night of work, there was a limited supply of chicken (due to a lack of management). I was the shift leader that night and countless people spoke very nasty to me. It wasn’t my fault! I was doing the best I had with the little that remained. The few people who were still sweet to me refreshed my inner man. That was a HORRIBLE night of work!

Because of that job I had, I grew A LOT in patience. It takes a great amount to agitate me. But even I have my moments where I feel like I’m gonna lose it. That’s because we aren’t meant to deal with situations in our own strength. When we’re connected to the Holy Spirit, we have the ability to wait like He does. Try these things next time you’re in a trying circumstance.

Take A Deep Breath

“When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”

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Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Peace

Grow in the spiritual fruit of peace

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Peace

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

-Colossians 3:15 NLT

The world would be such a better place if we all lived at peace with one another. Could you imagine? It’d be like the movies where all the neighbors get along and know each other by name. People would share with others and love would spread. We’d have more friends than enemies and I believe the world itself would be a brighter place.

Unfortunately, the sad truth is our world is not currently in that state. Certain neighborhoods are cluttered with crime and hatred. I don’t understand what causes someone to murder a person. Now a days, there’s articles of parents killing their own child. If a person could do that to their own offspring, what would they be willing to do to a random human in their way?

Although we can’t change the entire world, we can start with the person in the mirror. The Bible teaches us to be the light of this world. Let’s learn how to become part of the solution. Read more

Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Joy

Grow in the spiritual fruit of joy

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Joy

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice!”

-Phillippians 4:4

The other day, my husband and I were at Wal-Mart. He whispered to me, “Have you noticed people always look angry?” I scanned the room and He was right. The majority of the people looked like Eeyore from Winnie The Pooh. They looked miserable. Where was the joy? I did not want to get in any of their way, that’s for sure. This grumpy faced lady passed by me and I smiled at her. To my surprise, she smiled back. A smile can change everything.

Joyful people are so fun to be around. When your day is going rough, they have the ability to make you smile and laugh. Their perspective is different and surrounding yourself with them can lighten your focus on life. Jesus said He came that we may have life in abundance, and that means our joy, too!

The core desire of every person is to be happy. Your joy is what the enemy wants to steal from you. He may attack your stuff but that’s because he wants you to be flushed with aggravation, frustration, stress, and depression. I guarantee that he wouldn’t attack something if he knew it wouldn’t affect you. What would be the point?

“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

-Nehemiah 8:10 Read more

Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Love

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Love

“Owe no man anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

-Romans 13:8

Love is the most important thing to me in my walk with God. And to be honest, I’m not that great with it. I do a good job at times, but I’ve realized that if I don’t constantly keep the importance of this in my face, it’ll slip away from me. It depends on our personality. Some people were born with the gift of love. Me? Not so much. So I’ll show you what I do to get into my ‘love state’.

Study the Scriptures

This step is crucial. We must be in our Word if we want to change our ways. For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). Don’t you know the song? “There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain.” It’s true. The quickest way to see results is to spend time examining the character of God and the ministry of Jesus.

There are a whole lot of scriptures that express God’s love for us. The scriptures say He chose you before the foundations of the world that you would be holy and blameless before Him in love (see Ephesians 1:4). Because of His great love for you, He made you alive to Christ even while you were dead in your trespasses (see Ephesian 2:4-5). You’re the apple of His eye and He has your name tattooed on the palm of His hand. Read more