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The Fruits of the Spirit - Love, Joy, Peace, Patience
January 28, 2021
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Thought for Today
“Do we truly understand what the Apostle Paul meant when he listed the fruit of the Holy Spirit? It's easy to toss the words around without really thinking about them. Let's take a moment to let Tim Keller, best-selling author and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, explain the nine traits. Here are his comments on the first four; tomorrow we'll look at the last five. Share with your friends, and let us know what you think!
* AGAPE - love. It means to serve a person for their good and intrinsic value, not for what the person brings you. Its opposite is fear: self-protection and abusing people. Its counterfeit (a fake version) is selfish affection, where you are attracted to someone and treat them well because of how they make you feel about yourself.
* CHARA - joy, a delight in God for the sheer beauty and worth of who He is. Its opposite is hopelessness or despair, and its counterfeit is an elation that is based on experiencing blessings, not the Blesser, causing mood swings based on circumstances.
* IRENE - peace, meaning a confidence and rest in the wisdom and control of God, rather than in your own. It replaces anxiety and worry. The fake version of peace is indifference, apathy, not caring about something.
* MAKROTHUMIA - patience, an ability to face trouble without blowing up or hitting out. Its opposite is resentment toward God and others and its counterfeits are cynicism or lack of care: "This is too small to care about."”
Quote for Today
"We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment is a miracle and a mystery."
Mother Basilea Schlink’s Attitude for Today
"Don't try to escape suffering; rather give yourself to it, for tears mark the earthly path of God's elect. but blessed are those who weep here, for one day above they will laugh and be filled with joy beyond measure."=
Mother Basilea Schlink
Proverb for Today
"Say to wisdom, 'You are my sister,' and call insight your intimate friend."
Proverbs 7:4 NRSV
Word from Scripture for Today
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, whose thoughts are fixed on You!”