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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Fruits of the Spirit, Patience

The Fruit of the Spirit – Patience

The Fruit of the Spirit- Patience

Good morning, ladies! At least, it’s morning here in San Antonio 🙂 Today we will be talking about patience! I struggle with this a lot, though I guess I have gotten a bit better as the years have gone by? Anyway, let’s get started!

Definition: the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.

OR

an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay

I think that the first definition relates more to what we are talking about, but I like the second definition because of the beginning.

Patience is important because 1) we make ourselves miserable if we can’t tolerate anything annoying 2) we make others miserable if we can’t tolerate anything annoying, because we will always be cross 3) there are lots of things in the world that need patience, or else it could end blowing up in your face! I was thinking of a book I read recently about WWII, and how it takes patience to deal with countries, but this is also true in everyday life!

Here are a few things that we can do to show patience:

  • Try not to show your annoyance when your younger sibling, or classmate is annoying you
  • Try to not to get angry when a task is hard; it is hard to think through it when you are angry! Trust me, I have had this experience before

So, I just wanted to say that I am still struggling with patience! Just this morning, my brother came into the room I was working in screeching at the top of his lungs, and I definitely felt a wave of anger wash over me. You just gotta do your best, and ask Jesus to change you!

I also wanted to tell y’all about something that has just recently happened. So, I used to be super irritated, cross, and grumpy about EVERYTHING! I don’t know if it was hormones, or what, but it lasted a long time. So, after a long tearful talk with my mom, she told me to start keeping a journal about the things I was thankful for. For a few days, I kept that journal, entering in 3-5 things to be thankful for morning and night, and occasionally noon. Seriously, it worked really well! After about a week, I felt much happier about things. I even felt like I loved my super annoying little brother more! So, if you ever have the same problem as I do, try this!

Have a wonderful day!

 

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