“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
Woah, hard to believe this series has already come and gone. I have received such great responses from all of you and look forward to doing another series soon! If you have any ideas for another series or know of something you would like to see on “Coffee Breaks With Jesus” feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I love hearing from my followers and appreciate your input!
But before we move on I would like to take a few minutes and sum up everything we have talked about while studying the “Fruits of the Spirit”.
Our journey first led us to the fruit of Love. We talked about how love is not about us, it is about others. We choose love, it is not just a feeling that comes and goes. It is the conscious choice to love an imperfect person no matter what. Love also stays in the present, it keeps no record of wrongs in the past. It forgives and it moves forward. We have the opportunity to show love to others because God first showed love to us. God is love. And we are to be more like God.
After love, we went on over to Joy. First we detoxed, we talked about things that we could use less of in our life. Things that can kill our joy, like comparison or discontentment. No one’s life is perfect no matter how it may seem on instagram. Next we need to stop and realize how much we already have. To choose thankfulness each and every day. Our last point was only Jesus can bring you true joy. He is the vine, we are the branches, remain close to the vine in order to grow and flourish in this life.
Peace, the world offers us comfort, but Jesus offers us peace. Comfort is temporary, but peace is eternal. Trusting God brings us peace because it removes the situation from our human hands and places them in the hands of an all-knowing God. With this peace no matter what is going on in the world around us we can trust that we are going to be okay. God is greater than the storms, and if He does not calm the storm He will calm His child.
Next we talked all about Patience. I did you a huge favor and told you not to pray for patience, because God would only give you opportunities to choose patience! Just kidding, but that is how God works sometimes. First, we have to choose patience, especially when we really do not want to. Secondly, we have to wait with a good attitude. A negative attitude can make a small situation seem so much worse. It also removes God and put us in charge, which is never a good idea. Lastly, trust that good will comes to those who wait. It may not be the answer you are looking for or happen when you want it to, but if you give it God you are guaranteed to come out of the waiting better that you went in.
Kindness, so easy yet so easily overlooked. Kindness is free, it does not cost you anything to be nice to someone. Consciously look for opportunities to show kindness. Kindness takes practice, it will not always be the first response that comes to mind. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you. No one has shown kindness equivalent to what God has shown us. Because of that we have a responsibility to show kindness to others so that they can come to know Him as well.
After kindness we talked about Goodness. It is a commitment to do good and not evil. Naturally we are sinful, not good, but if we spend a lot of time with God eventually His goodness will start to rub off on us. Goodness also develops actions, the good in your heart begins to translate into good deeds. It is inevitable because your love for God is so strong. Do not give up doing good when you do not see immediate benefits. Our rewards are in heaven and even if they go unnoticed on earth God sees each and every one of them!
Faithfulness is a loyalty to God, to His teaching and a life lived for Him. Faithfulness comes with a lot of responsibility, but God will never give you more than you can handle. Thanks to Jesus we have grace, our faith does not come by works but rather works are a product of our faith. Every day we have to choose faithfulness, are we going to do what our flesh wants to what God wants?
Next we dove into Gentleness. We talked about the importance of words and how they can damage or repair. We are never to confuse gentleness with weakness. We have a mighty power in us from God. We are called to be bold, powerful and yet still gentle. Gentleness is merely strength under control. Like all the other fruits gentleness without action is pointless. We are called to point others to Christ through our actions.
Last but not least we had Self-Control. We talked about how even too much of a good thing can still be a bad thing and the importance of moderation. Secondly, the importance our thoughts have on our actions. Our thoughts become actions, so take captive your thoughts and filter them through God’s Word. And lastly, the more of God I put in the less of me comes out. I can try all day to have self-control but without Him I will always fall short.
I hope you enjoyed following this series as much as I enjoyed studying it. I learned a lot and I am seeking God to develop more of these fruits in my life. I find such joy in sharing my spiritual journey with each and every one of you. God has given me a desire to write and as long as I am able I will continue to do so. This is only the beginning! Thank-you ♡
Lots of Love,