There’s a familiar verse that most Christians know and many have memorized. This verse sums up in one sentence what we are to be in Christ. This is a great starting point for self-evaluation. Using this verse, we can monitor our own walk with God and deduce how we are letting his light shine in our lives. A life dedicated to following Jesus will naturally and absolutely express the attributes listed in this verse. I’m not presenting anything new here. This is only intended to be a gentle reminder of our mutual desire to seek first the kingdom of God.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)
Love is expressed in our service to God through serving others.
Our hearts should be full of joy knowing we have been granted eternal life with Jesus.
We have peace in knowing God is with us every step of the way.
If we are truly resting in God’s promises, our patience will be long-lasting.
Nothing better expresses the spirit of God than our kindness to others.
Our goodness demonstrates our ability to avoid this world’s pull toward darkness.
Faithfulness is our never-ending devotion to God.
Gentleness denotes a demeanor consumed by all the above mentioned attributes.
Self-control is our ability to resist the enemy’s attacks that are trying to push us away from the above mentioned attributes.
Memorizing this list or keeping it close at hand is a good way to keep track of our spiritual demeanor. We can never have too much of any of these qualities. Continually seeking knowledge and instruction from the Word of God, prayer, regular worship, and fellowship with other believers, will help keep us on track. Ultimately, it is our connection to the Holy Spirit that makes it possible for us to maintain these attributes in this difficult world.
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