Say The Word: Joy

Consider it all joy. [James 1:2] We are exploring significant words of The Christian Faith in our series ‘Say The Word.’ We come today to the word joy. Webster’s College Dictionary defines joy (noun) as a very glad feeling; happiness; great pleasure; delight; anything causing such a feeling, or the expression or showing of such […]

The Fruit Of The Spirit and Spiritual Maturity

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5: 22 – 23 NIV Fruit Of The Spirit, a compendium: Affection for others (love); Exuberance about life (joy); Serenity (peace); Willingness to stick with things (forbearance); Sense of compassion (kindness); A conviction that a basic holiness […]

Spiritual Formation /4

The fruits of the earth are not brought to perfection immediately, but by time, rain, and care. Similarly the fruits of men ripen through ascetic practice, study, time, and perseverance. As we grow in Christ, our spirtual formation manifests itself through the growth (ripening) of the Fruit of The Spirit in our lives; love, joy, […]

Identified With Christ: Fruit Of The Spirit

Observable and increasing of the fruits of the Spirit in our lives is evidence of God’s conforming us to the image of Christ. Here, from Galatians 5:22-23, is a compendium of the fruits of the Spirit: 1. Love: affection for others;2. Joy: exuberance about life;3. Peace: serenity;4. Forbearance: long-suffering, patience, a willingness to stick with […]

The Fruit Of The Spirit And Intimacy With Christ

The bearing of fruit is always shown in Scripture to be the visible result of an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a joy to Jesus when a disciple takes time to walk more intimately with Him. (see John 15:1-4). Once we get intimate with Jesus, we are never lonely and never lack for […]

The Fruit Of The Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit is evidence of God’s conforming us to the image of Christ. There are no shortcuts to spiritual maturity. It takes time to be holy. Today’s weakness becomes tomorrow’s strength. Which Fruit of The Spirit would you like to see increase in your life? Here is a compendium of The Fruit: […]