{SELF-CONTROL} Fruits of the Spirit Series

{ Self-control } the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.

{ Proverbs 25:28 } A man without self-control
    is like a city broken into and left without walls.

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{GENTLENESS} Fruits of the Spirit Series

When life happens, it can be so hard to be gentle. When people are mean to us, our automatic response is to be mean back to them. When our mom tells us to do a chore that we don’t particularly like, sometimes (or a lot of the time) we want to back talk her rather than humbly and gently submitting.

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{G O O D N E S S} Fruits of the Spirit Series

{goodness} ~the quality of being good, in particular. virtue; moral excellence.

Wow I cannot believe we’re onto goodness already!

I have a question for you all: can goodness be achieved?

God wants us to achieve goodness, but not on our own. He knows that to do anything, we need His help and His strength, for we all sin and fall short of His glory (Romans 3:23).

So apart from God, we can do nothing. (John 15:5)

1 Peter 1:15-16 says this: But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;  for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Being holy and having goodness takes a couple steps that I’d like to share with you all.

  1. Be humble before Jesus

Come before Jesus and ask Him if there are any areas of your life that you aren’t pursuing goodness or any habits, thoughts, or attitudes that don’t display His pure and beautiful goodness. He may show you some things that you aren’t comfortable getting rid of, but ask Him for the grace to see what He sees and to know how to change it.

2. Be obedient!

When Jesus shows you certain things that you should get rid of, be faithful in responding and in getting those things out! Bad is bad and must be rid of in your life! James 4:7-8 talks about how when we resist the devil, he flees, and when we draw near to God, He will draw near to us! He may show you things that you are hesitant about and that is when you must ask for the grace to follow. It is so worth it to give up bad things for Jesus to be more holy!

I hope and pray that you are inspired to have the Lord search your heart and see any bad habits you should get rid of to be good and holy!! Let me know how you will live this out in the comments below!

 

 

{ K I N D N E S S } Fruits of the Spirit Series

{ Proverbs 16:24 } Kind words are like honey—
    sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

{ Proverbs 3:3 } Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
    Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
    Write them deep within your heart.

Have you ever had someone perform an act of kindness in your life? I believe that we all have, whether it was a big one or a small one.

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{ P E A C E } Fruits of the Spirit Series

{ P E A C E } ~ 1. freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. 2. freedom from or the cessation of war or violence.

John 14:27 says: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Isaiah 26:3 says: You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

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