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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Producing Good Fruit In Life

In summary of Galatians 5:22-23 it says, "When we live God’s way the Holy Spirit produce a specific type of fruit in our lives; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  With these things we develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people.  We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needed to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.  There is no law against these things."

Bottom Line:
When we live God’s way he uses his Spirit within us to produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  These are things that all help us stick with it and have compassion with others.  It provides a conviction that will permeate the things and people in our lives.  Given this we find more loyal commitments in our relationships, we are able to direct ourselves wisely and we don’t really need to force our way in life.  There exists no law against these things, they are all good.

What this means to me:
God will use my relationship with him to produce good things.  It’s a different kind of life that allows me to direct myself wisely and not have to force my agenda in life.  These qualities don’t always come naturally to me, but God’s Word tells me that they are intended for me, It's a birthright that comes from the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life.  I find the best ways to let these qualities permeate is to spend daily time with Him and his Word.  When I do, I get daily reminders of his goodness and mercy.  His Word provides the directions on how he intended life to be led.  When I follow his direction and leadings, I truly experience much better relationships and can conduct my actions wisely.  I ask God daily to work through me and allow me to serve, or be of assistance or communicate well in my interactions / specific meetings of the day.  I have found that if I don’t spend time with him each day, I tend to revert back to my automatic mode - which is more selfish and demanding.  I Praise God for the work he does with me daily as I choose to follow the way he guides me.