"The Fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another."
Oh My Goodness.....(These are the three words that I use when I am excited) The difference in writing the words and hearing the words is so big..... It's not like O-h M-y G-o-o-d-n-e-s-s, with the words drawn out so slowly.... It's more like: Squeal, squeal....OH MY GOODNESS....kick my feet into the air....kind of excitement!
God's word is awesome!! Take the above scriptures for example..
The message is huge in these 61 words that are found in Galatians.
By teaching our kids, grand kids, family.....about the "fruits of the Spirit" we are building a huge foundation for their future.
There is no way that the mortar can crumble if we teach them the qualities that speak loud and clear in each of the fruits.
Bitterness, envy, anger, chaos, harshness, jealousy, hatred, disharmony, sadness, misery, evil, misgiving, lying, unbelief........Etc..
This list of negative emotions barely scan the surface when it comes to the ugly reactions that are actually a part of this world that we live in. Have you ever known people that enjoy living in a dog eat dog kind of war zone? I often wonder if there is some kind of bitter juice that these people drink as they start their day. (I sure don't won't any of it)
God uses us to bring about goodness in those that we love.
It starts with us, as parents.....we can make a huge difference in our family, if we will encourage them daily, to study what God is teaching in these two scriptures found in Galatians.
Mistakes are made each day and there are times when we might find ourselves upset about a situation.....BUT, there is a long mile between the points of being upset and being Angry.....especially when it causes us to feel the need to retaliate towards those who have made us angry.
I'll tell you.....I think the words JOY, PEACE, GENTLENESS, and KINDNESS are words of harmony. These words seem to make my world sing!!!
I just love Y'all.....
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