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 Patience

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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Begin To Grow Your Spiritual Fruits Intro

Begin to grow your spiritual fruit series

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Welcome to the ‘Begin To Grow Your Spiritual Fruit’ Series!

“You will know them by their fruits.”

-Matthew 7:16

It’s clear that we should grow in the fruits of the Spirit. In this series, we will cover all the fruits and ways we can see growth in each area. I hope you enjoy it and thanks for joining us!

The Bible states that we can accurately evaluate if someone is a godly person by their actions. That doesn’t mean that godly people are perfect, but that they would have one or more of the following character traits:

Although it takes time, a believer in Christ should fully develop into all of these things. Typically, a believer in Christ should not be:

  • Hateful
  • Unhappy
  • Stressed
  • Impatient
  • Rude
  • Selfish
  • Harsh
  • Unreliable
  • Out of control

My goal is to help you to understand how you can grow out of these areas and into the fruits. I want to see the church of Christ get along and work with one another to save people. I want unsaved people to thirst for the living water from the well when they see our lives. That’s only going to happen if we change our actions (thereby changing our results). Read more

The 9 Fruit of the Spirit

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The 9 Fruit Of The Spirit

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

-Galatians 5:22-23

Do you want to come up higher with God and experience numerous blessings? Do you want to impact the world around you and become a walking sermon? A great way to start is by growing in understanding of the fruit of the Spirit. I’m going to break them down to you and hopefully answer any question you may have about them.

Imagine traveling through a nature wonderland: orange trees, apple trees, peach trees, strawberry bushes, honeysuckles- anything you can imagine. The aroma would be amazing! Where would you begin? I know I love me some fresh peaches. Mmmm! But then imagine one scraggly tree, withering away screaming “Help me!” Among all the other trees, this one sticks out like a sore thumb. You walk over to it, concerned. It doesn’t make sense why this tree is the only one in a dead state because all the ones around it have abundant life. After analyzing it, you realize you don’t even know what kind of tree this is. There’s no leaves or fruit on it.

The bible describes the righteous as ‘a tree of life’. But in Matthew chapter 7, it’s clear that all people are compared to trees, whether good or bad. Jesus told the disciples that ‘by their fruits you will know them (v. 20).’ We don’t want to look like the tree in the description above. We want to be full of goodness that make people flock to us. People should speak well of you and your character. I understand that these things take time; just like a giant thick oak tree in your front lawn. The good news is that great, enormous tree once started as a little acorn.

When we become born again, everything that God is enters our spirit in seed form. As we water them with the water of the Word, our fruits begin to sprout. People start to notice there’s something different about you. In this post, we’ll explore each fruit of the Spirit to gain a deeper understanding of them and their meaning. Read more