Of all the fruits of the Spirit, gentleness is often the most neglected. The word “gentle” has a connotation of innocence, motherhood, and sometimes even weakness.
But of course, that isn’t a full picture. Gentleness is so much more than hand-pats and motherhood.
The world around us would tell us it’s all about “me, myself, and I” and we don’t need anyone else.
That is a lie.
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Many Christians struggle to understand why we should remain faithful, or how to remain faithful when it seems like everything around us is falling apart.
Why should we remain faithful to a God who allows such hardship to fall on us, especially when we feel we’ve done nothing to deserve it?
The answer is simple. God is always faithful.
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“Goodness” as a quality of the Spirit is severely under-understood.
We say it when we rattle off the fruits of the Spirit, but do we ever truly consider what it means to be “good” separate from all of the other fruits?
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“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, And by night, but I find no rest.” … “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of…
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“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 In a world where fear and steadfastness are the most popular scriptural topics to discuss right now, I want to stop…
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*NOTE: Hey Mountain Goats! This is one part of a whole series about the Fruits of the Spirit. If you haven’t read the introduction post yet, you can do so here! “See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and late rains.…
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I think that often, when we think of peace, we think of the ocean or the woods, where everything is calm and routine, and we know what to expect. We think of peace as an escape from reality or from the everyday busyness of life, rather than an internal practice of contentment no matter the circumstance.
Biblical peace is more like standing alone in the middle of a crowd, knowing that as long as you keep moving forward you’ll get where you’re supposed to be. It doesn’t matter what the person to the left of you is yelling about, or the person to the right of you is complaining about, or even whatever mess you yourself just stepped in. As long as you keep putting one foot in front of the other and trusting that as long as you face the right direction, you’ll be safe.
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“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with a joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.” 1 Peter 1:8 Joy is one of my absolute favorite topics in the Bible. It is also one of the most frequently mentioned…
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“Love” is a word thrown around a lot these days. We hear it in our songs. We hear it from our friends and family. We even use the word “love” to describe our morning coffee or favorite late-night dessert.
It seems, with how much “love” we throw around, the world should be a very lovely place to live.
But it’s not. Not really.
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The heart and mind of the Christian cannot be pure, the actions of a Christian cannot be pure, if we do not first inwardly reflect on and consider the fruits of the Spirit, the works of the Spirit, and the kingdom of God.
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