Saturday, July 11th

Saturday, July 11th

But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law that can match the Spirit for producing these qualities. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have put to death their human nature with all its passions and desires. The Spirit has given us life; he must also control our lives. Galatians 5:22-25

The qualities listed in our passage are often referred to as the fruits of the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6 says that we are "Temples of the Holy Spirit." This is what we are. As believers in Christ we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within our inner being and he produces these fruits in our lives. 2 Peter 1 has a similar list after which Peter says, "If these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."

The fruits of the Spirit are qualities we exhibit through our behavior and express through our words. On Monday we saw from Matthew 12 that God intends that our lives be like good trees that produce good fruit. We also so saw from the same passage that every word counts and that how we use our tongue throughout our lives will be the measure for whether or not our lives have yielded the good fruit God intended our lives to produce. As was said on Monday, our focus in the consideration of the "Tongue" in this series is not on condemnation for how bad we are in the use of our tongues, but rather on a gameplan for true victory with this small, but powerful instrument that will make all the difference in our living fully for God. The gameplan for true victory is the Holy Spirit. He makes all the difference. He is the key for living fully for God, tongue and all.

Lord, thank you for all you have been helping me consider this week. Please seal the truths of Scripture to my heart. Help me to understand fully who I am in Christ and seal this in my heart, mind, and life. Thank you for your patience and grace. Thank you for the Gift of your Spirit, Lord God. Amen!

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