Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fruit Bowl Living (Part 6)

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.

Galatians 5:22-23


The next two things are goodness and faithfulness. Just like kindness is there goodness in your life and how faithful are you. Do you want your children to remember a mother who displayed the goodness of God through her life? Are you faithful to what you say you believe? I want my kids to remember me praying and believing there would be an answer. I want them to know God is good His ways are good and I desire to be faithful because I know that is the best way to go. Goodness is always profitable but maybe not always easy. Are you being good to your kids by disciplining and instructing them? This is not always easy but as I said goodness will be profitable. Are they learning from you what God’s faithfulness is like? He is faithful to us and to His word. We then in turn are in his word and our faith increases. When our faith increases our kids see us completely depending on God and believing His word is true.
And finally the last two things are gentleness and self-control. Be gentle with your kids. Hold them. Genuinely listen to what they have to say to you. Answer their questions gently. Look them in the eyes when they are sharing something with you. And be self-controlled in every area of your life. Remember we talked about being intentional. Intentionally turn from things that are not right, but also be self-controlled in how much of the good things you do that will take time away from your family. This is tough. We want to serve in church and spend time with friends and help others out. We want breaks. We need breaks. But we don’t need too much of anything. Ask God if there is any area of your life that you need to get control over and then when He reveals it to you ask for His help. We are not alone in this. We are never without hope when we have Jesus. He loves us. He intercedes for us. His word says nothing is impossible with Him. Believe it. Believe it. Believe it. Our God is gentle and faithful to us. With His help we can be self-controlled. All things with Him are possible.


Prayer:

Lord help me to display these qualities in my life. Thank you for your goodness and faithfulness to us. Reveal to me the areas that need work and then help me with it Father God. I am nothing without you in my life. I love you Jesus.

Amen

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