Bearing the Fruits of the Spirit

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Devotions, A Christ Like Life

Week 5 – Day 3 – A Christ Like Life

Scripture Passage: Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Devotional:

A dear friend of mine was struggling with life long depression and anxiety. He had given his life to Christ on the surface but could not let go of his sense of loss over failed financial dealings that all but wiped him out. The world just wasn’t fair and he wanted out. In almost daily contact for two years I feared I would find him hanging in a tree.

I spent hundreds of hours talking him through the process of surrender. What was the past is now gone and God was waiting to use him in his healing. I spent two years talking in circles and getting no where. Frustrated I often lost patience and with it kindness. He was affecting my serenity and stressing me out.

Then one day he took the plunge and made a couple of steps forward in faith and it all fell into place. Now he thanks me for persevering with him as he enjoys his totally surrendered life to Christ. 

I now realise that it was I who should be thanking him. God used him to shine a light on my character defects and in this we have both grown.

God never wastes a hurt and always does everything for mutual benefit. We teach what we most need to learn.

How often have we heard that “patience is a virtue and virtue is it’s own reward?”

As believers, we are called to bear the fruits of the Spirit in our lives, reflecting the character of God to those around us. Today, let’s focus on two of these fruits: long-suffering and kindness.

  1. Long-suffering: Reflect on a recent situation where you faced challenges or difficulties. How did you respond? Did you demonstrate patience and endurance, trusting in God’s faithfulness? How can you grow in long-suffering, relying on God’s strength in moments of trial?
  2. Kindness: Think about a person in your life who may be in need of kindness and compassion. How can you show Christ’s love to them through acts of kindness? What practical steps can you take to intentionally cultivate kindness in your interactions with others?
  3. Application: Consider how the fruits of long-suffering and kindness are interconnected. How does exercising patience enable you to demonstrate genuine kindness towards others, even in challenging circumstances? How can you strive to embody both qualities more fully in your daily life?

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Papa God, we thank You for the indwelling presence of Your Holy Spirit, who empowers us to bear the fruits of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Grant us the strength to endure trials with patience, knowing that You are faithful to sustain us. Fill our hearts with Your kindness, that we may extend grace and compassion to those around us. Help us to walk in obedience, reflecting Your character in all that we do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Graham Hood

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