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On Being Kind and Compassionate


Grudges, not talking to one another, gossiping, slander, revenge; I don’t think so, life is too short and fragile.  How much better would life be if we all followed this scripture instead:

Be kind and compassionate to one another, 
forgiving each other, 
just as in Christ God forgave you. 
– Ephesians 4:32

We all have it in us, the fruit of the spirit that is.  

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  – Galatians 5:22-23

At the heart of this is to forgive one another, and sometimes that’s really hard to do, especially if the offending party will not apologize or even acknowledge their sin.  But remember this, whatever this person has done to you, it does not compare to what Christ did for you.  As a follower of Christ you need to rise above it.  This will prevent the wrongdoing from contaminating your heart.  I can guarantee that your life will become easier when you accept that apology you never got.  This won’t change the past but it will surely change your future.

You were made for a reason, an anointed purpose.  Your words and actions are important and they can point others to God Himself.  Your life “preaches” and was meant to make a difference.  You have incredible and unbelievable gifts.

Work on using your gifts of the spirit and forgiving others, and while you are at it,  give someone a compliment today.  It will make both their day and yours.

Characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

Your turn to take action:
Love embraces
Joy smiles
Peace talks|
Forbearance waits
Kindness cares
Goodness helps
Faithfulness believes
Gentleness soothes
Self Control refrains

Surround yourself with people who have these traits and soon you will take on their characteristics.  Church is a good place to start!

The Fruits of the Spirit Prayer


Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where all the fruit is! – Jackson Browne

The Fruits of the Spirit Prayer
based on Galatians 5:22–23, 

Lord, 
help me to be warm and loving,
contagiously joyful,
actively peaceful,
compellingly patient,
respectfully kind,
always good,
unwaveringly faithful,
humbly gentle,
vigorously self controlled,
and always aware of the Holy Spirit within,
because the Holy Spirit does not want to hibernate inside me,
He wants to shine God’s light through me.
This is the person I want to be.
Amen.

“I don’t want to say another empty prayer.” – Josh Wilson

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