The Fruit of the Spirit

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Through Christ, a new covenant has been established. As followers of Jesus, we have received the forgiveness of sins and have been made righteous before God.

Knowing this, how then to proceed in faith?

The Scripture calls upon us to act in righteousness through our faith.  By seeking righteousness and following the teachings of Jesus, you have assurance you will abide in Christ.  Your faith will bear the fruits of the Spirit, including kindness, patience, love, joy, and peace, which will be carried with you wherever you go.

In the days ahead, I encourage you to remember the teachings of Christ and to keep your actions tethered to your faith. One of the best ways to do that is by beginning every day with prayer.

Through a daily prayer practice, offer thanksgiving and repentance. Read and study Scripture. Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who is your Advocate and Comforter.  These simple actions will cultivate your faith and trust in the Lord. With confidence, know that Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of you faith. You have assurance that He will complete the good work He has begun.

May the teachings of Christ and the fruit of the Spirit be carried with you and shared wherever you go.

Questions for Reflection:

Is there hurt, fear, or anxiety that prevents you from making good decisions?
Set aside time daily for prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to find healing and greater healing in whatever areas hinder you.

In what ways, can you share the fruits of faith? Look to the Scripture for guidance.
Give thanks and praise for the gifts for the gifts of the spirit and look for more opportunities to express them in daily life.

The process of repentance can be challenging. Ask to see yourself rightly and to always remember the everlasting love of God. By allowing the Holy Spirit to work in your life, you will be led down the right paths.

How can I be more obedient of the Lord through my daily words and actions?

Scripture:
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,  for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. – Matthew 26:26-27 (ESV)

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. – Isaiah 32:17 (KJV)

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. – John 15:17 (KJV)

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. – 2 James 9 (ESV)

It is through faith, that we are called to act in righteousness, for faith without works is dead. – James 2:14-16 (ESV)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. – Romans 1:16 (KJV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6 (ESV)

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:12 (KJV)

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. – John 14:26  (KJV)

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. -2 Tim 3:16 (ESV)

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