But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8 NIV
People with leprosy were not welcomed anywhere and lived outside of town. No one was allowed to touch them or even be close to them. Most people would not even get close enough to talk to them. They were very lonely. When Jesus came by, not only did Jesus talk to them, but He touched them (to everybody’s shock) and healed them. Because Jesus loved all people, His love became an action for the good of another, He healed the man from a terrible disease. Our love for other people should be seen by the good actions we do for them.
In the Stories of the Lost, Jesus teaches us as a result of doing the right thing, we experience JOY. When the woman found the lost coin, she and neighbors rejoiced. When the shepherd found the lost sheep, he and other shepherds rejoiced. When the father found his lost son, it brought great joy and cause for celebration. When a lost person is comes back to God the Father, the occupants of heaven rejoice. When we do or experience the good or right thing in our life, the Holy Spirit produces the fruit of JOY.
A major storm raged in today’s Bible Story. The disciples and Jesus were right in the middle of it, in a boat, on the Sea of Galilee. While the disciple bailed water, Jesus slept. In total fear and desperation the disciples woke Jesus to inform Him of their eminent doom! In three words Jesus calmed the storm. As the realization kicked in, the disciple were much more afraid as they came to realize Jesus was more powerful and bigger than the storm. In time this no longer made the disciple afraid, but brought them peace in their chaos.
In today’s Bible story Jesus is asked by His mother if you could help out at a wedding which ran out wine (a bad thing socially). Jesus told His mother that it was not time to reveal Himself as one who could do miracles. But out of respect for His mother and compassion for the couple, Jesus did help and made the best wine the party planner ever tasted! Sometimes we just “can’t wait” for things. We need God’s help, the fruit of patience from the Holy Spirit that lives within us. We need to be patient, trusting enough to wait for the right time.
Jesus was hanging out with people, but Jesus' disciples were thinking Jesus was too busy with the adults to spend time with the kids; so they were sending the kids away. When Jesus found out the kids were being sent away, He was angry and spoke firmly to the disciples to allow the kids to come to Him, because the kids represent how everyone must come into God's house, with a child-like faith. The disciples were not being mean, they were just not being kind. Sometimes for us, the choice is not: Kindness vs. Meanness, but: Kindness vs. Doing Nothing. Holy Spirit fruit of kindness is doing good to someone who needs it.
In the Story of the Good Samaritan, the most least likely to do good, the Samaritan, was the one whom Jesus made the hero. The most likely to be seen as the hero of the story, the Priest and Levite, where the one Jesus made out to be the villains. Jesus proved that titles and jobs don’t make us good or bad, but our actions and words are what proves our character. The Holy Spirit wants to take our choices to do the good thing and make them so much more good - we and all who see our action will know that God is helping us.
The master of the house gave money to three slaves to invest while he was away on business. Two of the slaves carefully invested and made a profit, while the third slave hid the money in fear of losing it. When the master returned home he called the slaves together to give an account of their time and his money. To the two slaves who invested and increased he was very pleased. But to the one who did not increase the money the master was very angry. The master praised the two slaves who increased the money, he said, "Well done and good and faithful servants, you have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities." (Matthew 25:13-24)
As Jesus was praying in Garden of Gethsemane, Judas, the betrayer, led a force of armed men to have Jesus arrested. The Apostle Peter, wanting to protect Jesus, drew his sword to fight. But Jesus told Peter to put the sword away, if Jesus wanted to fight, He could have called upon God the Father to have sent 12 legions of angel-warriors (72,000) to come to His rescue. However, Jesus, while keeping His strength under control, continued to be crucified and died for the payment price of our sins. We should be very thankful for Jesus’ gentleness both to His tormentors and His gentleness to us, who have sinned against Him. (Matthew 25:47-56)
Early in His earthly ministry time, Jesus was to be tested. His test was to be the hardest and most direct assault that Satan, the Devil could deliver. Jesus was tempted in every way that we are, yet Jesus was without any sin (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus was Holy, without sin or evil, and it was proven on that day in the dessert wilderness. Everything God the Father had promised to give to Jesus was offered Him by the Devil. By the help of the same Holy Spirit that helps us, Jesus had the self-control to say no the Devil. And like Jesus, the fruit of the Spirit, self-control, will help me keep doing right. (Matthew 4:1-11)
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