Monday, August 6, 2007

Fruit

This weekend was my first weekend as a staff member at Hope. Pastor John was out of town, so Pastor Aaron, the student ministry pastor spoke. He spoke about the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22,23.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

His main point was that this was not a list of things that we need to DO, but they are qualities that we can BE. If we are allowing Christ to work in our lives, others will be able to see Him in us through these characteristics displayed in our actions.

Each of these characteristics is actually a reflection of how God responds to us. I thought that was a really good point, and for me it made me think about how FAITHFUL God has been to me. He has been with me through so many circumstances in my life. When I look back, I can see God's faithfulness as the one constant through all of the changes in my life. I am so thankful that I can trust in Him. I pray that as I continue to grow in Him, that His characteristics will rub off on me.

2 comments:

Al Bilotti said...

Just spent some time reading last few blogs, and I feel like I just spent the last three weeks with you. I can see your smile and the joy in your eyes... and miss you. I am thrilled at how The Lord worked everything out for you. Just not thrilled that we lost you.

Mark Lunsford said...

It good to hear from you Al! I miss jammin' with you guys!