Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The fruit in our lives

I thought it may be a good time to remember these words...

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. Galations 5: 19-26


LOVE
a: warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion
b: often used as a term of endearment
c: unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another

JOY
a: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : DELIGHT
b: the expression or exhibition of such emotion : GAIETY

PEACE
a: a state of tranquillity or quiet
b: freedom from civil disturbance
c: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
d: harmony in personal relations

PATIENCE
a: bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint
b: manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain
c: not hasty or impetuous
d: steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity
e: able or willing to bear

KINDNESS
a: affectionate, loving
b: of a sympathetic or helpful nature
c: arising from or characterized by sympathy or forbearance

GOODNESS
a: something that is good
b: something conforming to the moral order of the universe
c: praiseworthy character
d: advancement of prosperity or well
e: something useful or beneficial

FAITHFULNESS
a: full of faith
b: steadfast in affection or allegiance : LOYAL
c: firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty
d: given with strong assurance
e: true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original

GENTLENESS
a: free from harshness, sternness, or violence
b: the quality or state of being gentle
c: mildness of manners or disposition

SELF-CONTROL
a: restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires

2 comments:

jayme said...

Michelle...

I certainly confess to need more of the Spirit's guiding in MY life and my heart. Sometimes I despair because I think I haven't been letting the Gardener in to prune away ugly roots...but I can only try to be better today than yesterday...and continue to beg God to move in my heart to make me more like Him.

I need peace in my heart most right now...for myself...
...and pray that when I am not a big enough person to want peace for other....that Christ may fill that in me. Thats hard.

Love you.

j

Michelle Lyn said...

Jayme, that's all that we can do. To be filled with all of The Spirit's fruit is a difficult task. But, to work at it a little each day and to strive to be more like God He will bless us and be glorified through us.

God of Heaven, I pray for your peace to come over and fill the hearts of everyone attached to this situation. May your love touch us in a way that we are able to find hope and strength for the days to come. Teach us Lord to follow you, and you alone as our guide and may others see your good works in us. Forgive us God, may we be filled with Your Spirit and share your love with others who are hurting. God you are a wonderful and Heavenly Father who understands this all. Let us find peace and understanding in that and that alone. Amen.