Title: Cultivating the Fruits of the Spirit

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Devotions, A Christ Like Life

Week 5 – Day 1 – A Christ Like Life

Scripture: 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:

Church Without Walls is a journey into practical faith. A new way of living where you get to walk in security and serenity in the grace and mercy of God.

Others will see an infectious change in you as you begin to lose the stoop of a life of carrying the burdens that seared your character.

In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul outlines the beautiful fruits that the Spirit produces within us. These are not merely character traits we strive to attain through our own efforts, but they are gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit as we yield ourselves to Him. Each fruit has its unique flavour and significance, contributing to the richness of our spiritual lives.

Love: The foundation of all virtues, love is not merely an emotion but a selfless commitment to the well-being of others. Love is not something we do for ourselves but is centred on others. How does the presence of genuine love in your life affect your relationships and actions?

Joy: True joy transcends circumstances because it is rooted in the eternal hope found in Christ. Have you ever noticed that many rich people seem unhappy while others with the bare minimum seem to be more contented?How can you cultivate a deeper sense of joy, even in the midst of trials?

Peace: Peace in the biblical sense goes beyond the absence of conflict; it is a deep-seated assurance that comes from being reconciled to God. It also comes when we realise that there is a Higher Power that is always in control and we need to cultivate a heart that surrenders to the power. How can you rely on the peace of God to calm your anxious heart?

Long-suffering: Also known as patience, this fruit enables us to endure trials and persevere in our faith journey. In what areas of your life do you need to exercise patience and trust in God’s timing?

Kindness: A compassionate and tender-hearted attitude towards others reflects the kindness of Jesus. How can you demonstrate kindness to those around you, even to those who may not deserve it?

Goodness: Goodness involves integrity and moral excellence, reflecting the character of God Himself. How can you pursue goodness in both your actions and your intentions?

Faithfulness: Steadfastness and reliability characterise a faithful person who remains true to God and His Word. How can you cultivate faithfulness in your relationship with God and in your commitments to others?

Gentleness: Gentleness is strength under control, displaying humility and consideration towards others. I have always said that the real measure of a man is not how often he draws his sword but in how often he chooses not to.How can you develop a gentle spirit in your interactions with those who may oppose you?

Self-control: This fruit empowers us to master our desires and impulses, enabling us to live disciplined lives that honour God. In what areas do you struggle with self-control, and how can you surrender them to the Holy Spirit’s guidance?

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Papa God, we thank You for the precious gift of Your Holy Spirit who produces these beautiful fruits within us. Help us to yield ourselves fully to Your Spirit’s work, that we may bear abundant fruit for Your glory. Grant us the strength and wisdom to cultivate these virtues in our lives, that we may reflect Your love and character to the world around us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Graham Hood

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