Devotional 6: Sunday, September 6
TIME TO EXHIBIT THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
The work of the Holy Spirit in our life gives birth to its fruit in our lives; that fruit is exhibited/manifested in our life and allows our character to be formed.
The objective of fasting and prayer is to seek the presence of the Lord. In tandem with the Holy Spirit’s help there can be a transformation in us as children of God. And through this transformation we will become instruments of power to impart to all those who have not yet experienced the light of Jesus Christ.
Love: The fruit is love and all the manifestations derive from love.
If there is no love, we cannot be grateful; without love we cannot love ourselves or our neighbor; without love, we can't forgive.
When we allow God's love to be in us:
- All fear goes away, 1 John 4:18
- We keep his word, John 14:21
- Multitude of sins are covered, 1 Peter 4:8
Joy: When love has been produced in us, there will be joy and we understand that joy is something permanent, not temporary; happiness is temporary, but joy is continuous in our life, no matter what situation we are going through because we have understood that our joy comes from God. Psalms 16:11, Romans 15:13
Peace: when we speak of peace it does not mean the absence of problems, but rather it is talking about the peace that comes from the Lord, which leads us to fully trust in Him even through difficult times. We have peace in the midst of the storm; we have peace in the midst of trials and in the desert. Philippians 4:7; John 16:33
Patience: when the wonderful work of the Holy Spirit has been conceived in us, patience will come as a result of love, joy and peace because when these ingredients are already in us, patience will manifest itself, we will take all things more calmly and we will learn to wait in the Lord. Hebrews 6:15, Romans 8:25
Kindness: It is associated with the concept of benevolence, compassion and mercy; it consists of treating others as we wish to be treated by them. Jesus spoke about this simple principle in Luke 6:31 "treat others as you want to be treated."
Goodness: it refers to the way we should live. A way that we can give testimony of God’s existence. The biblical concept of goodness encompasses the idea of ??excellence. When we preserve a genuine testimony we become vessels of God's kindness, then kindness will be a reality in our lives and in that way we become open letters that can be read by others. Excellence and a good testimony shows the Holy Spirit in our life. 2 Corinthians 3:2-3
Faith: It means to depend solely and continuously on God even if the circumstances are not favorable to us. It helps us to take every adverse situation as a blessing, since God's faithfulness is manifested and the important thing is to be willing to do our part and let Him do His. Hebrews 11
Meekness: It is a synonymous of gentleness and humility of heart. Matthew 11:29. A meek person is one who is not easily dominated by anger; it is a special grace of the children of God and denotes authority in everyone who possesses it.
Temperance (self-control): It is the ability to control our mood, overcoming any weakness; it is related to self-control, overcomes any weakness, it is related to self-control and prudence and this should distinguish the believer who is guided by the Holy Spirit who leaves to manifest in wise conduct. Philippians 2:13
Published on Sunday, September 6, 2020 @ 4:32 AM CDT