The Good Fruit Of The Holy Spirit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucufied the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. ~Galatians 5:22-25
This is great news, Beloved Ones!!!
Notice that love is at the top of the list because it is the embodiment of all of these elements working together. Love is not a mere feeling, it takes decision as well as action. The Love Chapter truly says it all.
If I speak in the tongues of men or angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all my possessions to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails..........
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. ~ 1 Corinthians 13 - The Love Chapter
I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.....down in my heart to stay!!! Ah, precious memories of Bible school days with cookies and juice.
Joy is about celebrating Who God Is. God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to Him a psalm of praise! ~Psalm 47:5-7
Joy is contagious. For the Jews, it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear (Godly fear) of the Jews had seized them. ~Esther 8:16-1
Joy transcends circumstances. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, ~James 1:2
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ~John 14:27
...and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. ~Ephesians 6:15 ...a vital element of the armor of God.
We live in a world full of trouble, Jesus told us to expect it. We are not here in this life in this time to blend in with the world or to get along quietly. The Gospel of Peace is about God's peace which is in bold opposition to worldly peace. Worldly peace is a false peace which proclaims that everyone has their own personal way to know God and get to heaven and that Jesus is merely one of them. Jesus contradicts this notion as He states, "No one comes to the Father except through Me." ~John 14:6
The Gospel of Peace is for joyful proclamation! So we are to be ready and unafraid, secure and complete in the Lord, content in our hearts as we face a variety of obstacle and circumstances, living truth, and speaking truth in love so that others may have it also. The Hebrew word is Shalom.
"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." ~Jesus, John 16:33
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~Romans 15:13
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