Faith, Fruits of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

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Hello, ladies! Hope everything’s going well for ya’ll. Today, we get to talk about faithfulness. I love this fruit, and I will explain why in a moment.

Definition: steady in allegiance or affection; constant; true to one’s word/promises

Faithfulness can be described in so many ways. Between us and other people, it can mean to simply be loyal to that person through thick and thin. Between us and God, it’s quite different. We have to have faith, and trust in God’s promises, and that He will carry us through all the trials of life. The story about the disciples trying to cast out demons in Christ’s name in Matthew 17: 14-20 has an awesome verse about faith. I won’t put the whole passage here, and I encourage you to read the whole thing for context, but anyway:

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”” Matthew 17: 20 (ESV)

I love this verse because it shows what the power of God can do if you only trust that He can do it. Now, I know that you usually can’t tell a mountain to move, but it is still comforting, because we know that we only have to trust God to take care of things for us. I have been struggling a lot with this, because I am the sort of person that tends do depend too much on myself to do things. I tend to be too impatient to wait on God to take care of my problems and shape me to who He wants me to be.

But God will always keep His promises, and since He has promised to be with us, even till the end of the age, He will be with us till the end. It’s so important to remember that. I know that my problems will most likely just grow as I get older, and it means the world to me to have Jesus as my Rock to stand upon when life threatens to overwhelm me. It’s really mind-blowing to know that we can place our trust in Christ to keep us in His hand, and He won’t let anything happen to us that is not in His plan.

I think that prayer really helps with trust. When I have taken the time to tell God all my problems, and ask Him for his help and guidance, it really gives me a sense of peace, and the feeling that I can trust Him through everything.

Just for fun, here’s a song that pertains to God’s faithfulness. We sing it in church, and the lyrics, if you think about them, are so so so true.

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Have an awesome day, ladies, and don’t forget that God is in control! 🙂

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Faith, Fruits of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

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Hi ladies! I hope you’ve had a great summer, and are having a good week in school! I had a crazy summer, and didn’t have much time to post, for which I most sincerely apologize!

So, our next fruit is goodness. I know it’s been a while since the last one (sorry!), but kindness and goodness, I feel, go along the same lines.

Definition of GOODNESS: moral excellence, virtue; generosity; kindly feeling.

Goodness is a hard one to describe, but I think goodness is basically giving grace to those around you. It’s not judging people because their lives may not be orderly and virtuous (after all, nobody’s lives are!), but loving on them because God loves them.

I’ll be honest, goodness is hard! Especially for me, since I tend to let my pride get in the way of kindness and grace towards others.

Again, goodness and kindness are similar, but goodness is important because 1) it’s really comforting to someone who has had a hard week, and 2) it really reflects Christ. If we give grace to those around us who may not even be Christians, it is an awesome reflection of our Savior, who loved us so much that He died for us!

So, here is one way to show goodness:

  • Ask people you meet about their week. Take time to listen, as we all know how it feels to be able to pour out your week’s joys and sorrows to someone!

Have a great day! 🙂

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Fruits of the Spirit, Kindness

The Fruit of the Spirit – Kindness

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Hey ladies! So, back to our little series on the Fruit of the Spirit! Today, as you can see from the title of this post, we will be talking about kindness.

Definition of KINDNESS: The state or quality of being kind; friendly feeling of liking

Kindness is important because 1) it can be so encouraging. Seriously, one kind word to a person can really change their mood, or how they are feeling. It can make such a huge difference to those who really feel discouraged and lonely. And 2) it really reflects Jesus’s love for us, because he was always kind and compassionate.

Believe me, I know how hard this can be. I have four siblings that are all younger than I am, and they constantly frustrate me, and give me the “seriously, you had to do that?” feeling. Some days, I really feel like grunting back at them in answer when they ask me a question, or way overreacting when they do something that annoys me. It’s so hard to want to be kind.

Here’s a verse about kindness:

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.– Ephesians 4:31-32

Again, it is can be so hard to be kind and compassionate! But, we need to be kind, especially when we consider how Christ was kind and compassionate to us! He laid down His life so that we could have eternal life with Him!

Here are a few ways we can be kind to others:

  • Don’t yell at people when they annoy you, or be mean back (I have a lot of siblings, and the ones closest to my age are all boys, so I know how hard this can be! It’s something I really need to work on)
  • Clean up the kitchen after dinner for your mom
  • Bring some cookies to someone you know isn’t feeling well, or someone who is down in the dumps, just plain sad.

Have a wonderful day!

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