So before I begin I just wanted to say a few things! I never really imagined myself starting my own “blog” but here we are! Honestly the entire concept of blogs, vlogs & everything in between never really appealed to me. However, I couldn’t shake this feeling that I wanted another way to express my thoughts and perceptions of my daily bibles studies… rather than just writing everything down on a piece of paper. I wanted to do it in a way that I could share it with my friends & family if I felt led to. I also saw it as an opportunity to keep myself accountable with my weekly bible studies. The main reason for this blog nonetheless, is to ultimately glorify God & possibly even inspiring anyone who may read it. I plan to be very open & vulnerable in my writings & I’m very excited to begin. Thanks for reading along & I pray my studies are helpful to you in any way they can be!
Today’s Reading: Galatians 5:22-26
I encourage you to read all of chapter 5 of Galatians, and even the entire book if you have time, but for now I’ll give you all some context from this book. The book of Galatians was written by Paul, inspired by God, to the churches of Galatia. Paul’s motive in writing this book was to inform & encourage the churches to focus on the grace of God & less on the laws. Paul explained how the laws they thought were so important were not nearly as important as having faith in our all sovereign God & becoming a new creation through Him. On top of this, Paul also explained some of our responsibilities & characteristics as Christians, which is what I would like to focus on today. More specifically, the fruits of the Spirit.
Chapter 5 of Galatians highlights the fruits of the Spirit which are: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness & temperance. I listed a short biblical definition for each word below as reference.
Love– The primary key to everything; a feeling that surpasses human understanding & causes one to be filled with fullness. (See Corinthians 13:4-8 for its divine characteristics.)
Joy– A feeling of great delight caused by something exceptionally satisfying.
Peace– A feeling you get by being justified by faith, being forgiven by our all loving God.
Long-suffering– Patience endurance of trouble, provocation or even injury.
Gentleness– Simply being kind, the absence of harshness.
Goodness– Moral excellence & virtue.
Faith– Faithfulness; Believing so deeply in something & doing what you say you will do.
Meekness– Being humble & patient; having servant- like submission to God & others.
Temperance– Self-control over your entire body in all situations.
I think it’s also important to mention that the “S” in the word “Spirit” is capital for a reason- it’s talking about the Holy Spirit. These fruits are coming from the Holy Spirit, not from ourselves. God wants His attributes and characteristics to be apart of our personality. God is allowing us to share His qualities by allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us… how awesome!
If you’re like me, I’d have to guess that you don’t always carry these fruits with you everyday. No matter how hard we try, we always seem to slip in one way or another. If I had to pick two fruits that I struggle the most with, I would have to say long-suffering & peace. It’s not something I’m proud of but definitely something I’m working on. Fair warning- if you pray & ask God to help you be more long-suffering & peaceful… prepare to face every obstacle imaginable! You can’t expect to improve if you aren’t given the opportunity to produce your fruits.
I went though each of these fruits individually, read each definition, and realized I failed at just about every single one of them, just today. Yikes. Many of these fruits go hand in hand however, so it’s likely that if you’ve failed to have one, you’ve failed to have several. I’m not writing this to make you feel bad about yourself or to point fingers. I say all this to make the point that even though we continually mess up each day (hopefully not on purpose,) God still forgives. When we come to him humbly, asking for true forgiveness, He gives it to us. He forgives us not only because He genuinely loves us, but because He wants us to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, so that we may to share these fruits that come from Him, our almighty God.
If you allow these fruits to change you & become a part of your personality, you are bound to radiate God’s presence through you, to all those around you. Isn’t that our ultimately goal? To spread God’s love with everyone around us so that they too can see how joyous their lives can be when they choose to walk with our Lord? If we truly think about each and everyone one of these fruits & allow them to flow through us, there’s no telling the lives we could touch; the seeds we could plant. Remember though, you can’t do it alone… these fruits are coming directly from our divine God. Drawing closer to Christ and working on your relationship with Him is what will allow these fruits to become a part of you. Whether it be reading your Bible, praying, volunteering, whatever it may be that draws you closer to Christ.
I’m going to challenge myself this week to focus on one fruit each day & allow the Holy Spirit to use me in any situation that he can. I encourage you to do the same!
I apologize if my thoughts seemed all over the place but I was just speaking from my heart! I appreciate if you took the time to read along and I pray you took something away from this!