We're finishing up our collaborative study of the fruits of the Spirit this week. I so appreciate those who have invested their time in preparing posts for us to read and study. I would like for everyone to join me in praying for the improved health of all of our sisters who study here; there were several who would have liked to participate and provide a post, but their ill health prevented them. I pray that God will bless them with strength and much better health, and I send my love to them.
Today will be a sort of "round up" of the fruits that we've not studied yet: kindness, goodness, peace, and patience. (Oh, boy, that last one!)
First, let's endeavor always to show kindness to others; it is a trait that Jesus modeled for us, and we can look to His example as we strive to show kindness to all.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)Goodness. Not just to our believing friends, but even to our enemies . . .
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:10)
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. (Luke 6:35)Another fruit of the Holy Spirit is peace. Inner peace that He gives us, and a peace that we share with the world, as instruments of His peace. . .
Finally, let us try to cultivate and utilize patience. Oy vey. That's a tough one for me sometimes. Are we guilty of taking in the things that irritate and tax our patience, and just internalizing that stress? How much we miss, when we do not ask for His help in handling these things. Do we "take all we can" and then flare up at someone, and cause hurt feelings, or a tarnished testimony? Take it to our Father in prayer, and He will help us do better.
This has been a wonderful week of study! Many thanks to all who "tuned in" here this week. Join us next week as we resume our "women of the Bible" series!