“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”Proverbs 12:18 NLT
You are created to live every day with:
soul deep goodness,
grace-filled gentleness and
Spirit inspired self-control.
What a beautiful existence, can you imagine?
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
God wants you to do more than just imagine it, He wants you to live it.
Jesus paid for it.
The Holy Spirit provides it.
So you can live it.
You were made for more, don’t settle for anything less.
What is holding you back?
All words hold power.
They set the tone, communicate vision, encourage and lift up or they destroy trust, discourage and convolute the situation.
It is usually the words we plan that do the most good and the ones we don’t plan that do the most damage.
Before you speak, ask yourself if your words are going to help the situation or hurt it?
It’s okay to say you don’t know.
It’s okay to say nothing at all.
It’s okay to choose to be proactive instead of reactive with your words.
When in doubt, don’t say anything at all.
“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”
Proverbs 12:18 NLT
Spend your time planning the words you want to say and applying self control to the ones you don’t.
May your words bring healing to those who desperately today need it and empower those around you to be courageous in pursuing the gifts God has put in them.
Fresh fruit is beautiful.
All fruit is fragile.
Although the it holds within itself seeds to reproduce, the main function of fruit is to nourish others.
It isn’t achieved by working hard to grow itself but by abiding in the nourishment of the tree.
Old fruit is mushy.
Old fruit is moldy.
Old fruit is unusable.
Fruit is best when it is fresh, it is the same with the fruit of the Spirit:
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)
If you want fresh joy to infuse your spirit,you don’t get it by trying to be joyful- you get it by abiding in God’s presence.
You can’t walk in God’s peace until you get God’s perspective.
When you focus on how God has been faithful to you, a desire to be faithful is birthed in you.
When you receive the gentle love of Jesus, you will have gentle love to nourish others with.
And the crazy thing about self control is that it is strongest when you are surrendered.
How is your spiritual fruit looking?
Are you holding on to moldy love?
Stop holding into it and lay it down at the feet of the cross.
Then like a tree planted by streams of living water- sink your roots deep, lift your limbs to heaven and drink in the light of God’s loving grace.
Fresh fruit is best.
Don’t settle for less- you don’t have to live that way.