wants to mature us as Christians and bring good fruit into our lives by the
power of His Holy Spirit: “but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law” (Gal 5:22-23; NKJV).
in Galatians 5:22 is the God kind of unconditional love, a love that loves the
unlovable. Joy here is a joy of substance, such as the disciples showed in face
of persecution (Acts 5:41). God said He would give us a peace that was
different from that of the world, a peace that would overcome fear and keep our
hearts steady and untroubled (John 14:27) despite our circumstances.
patience the Holy Spirit gives us is a quality of love, vulnerability and
constraint in face of those who would do us harm. Kindness is the practical out
working of goodness, particularly toward those who vex us. Goodness is god likeness,
the desire to be and act like Him! The Holy Spirit will purge us of criticality
faithful person is trustworthy and reliable at all times, no matter what the
opposition or circumstances; convenient or not. Gentleness or meekness does not
describe a mouse but a strong and mighty Christian who’s will and emotions are
under the control of the Holy Spirit; this person is self-controlled.
we rest and trust in God and immerse ourselves in His word, the word through
the power of the Holy Spirit, will transform us if we allow Him to.
hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee,
but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (KJV;
Mic 6:8) When I see phrases like “He has shewed thee, O man, what is good; and
what doth the Lord require of thee”, in the Bible, I figure God is trying to
get something significant across to me!
what does the Lord require from us in this verse from the prophet Micah? To do
justly is to act according to Gods divine laws. Mercy is often translated as
loving kindness and also includes the sense of faithfulness, tenderness and
unfailing love. Kindness is really goodness in action; practical goodness.
said to Israel that: “I will have mercy and not sacrifice” (Matt 12:7) and a
cardinal command is to love (John 13:34). God’s word says to: “humble yourselves
therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt us in due time” (1Peter
5:6). “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6).
To make ourselves low or humble seems very alien to the world’s behavior but
someone once told me to look at what the world does and do the opposite!