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A Spirit Production; Love In All Its Varied Expressions (Pt 3)


Love is never a formula.

It is always about living and walking with Holy Spirit; listening to his promptings and responding in the way he directs. When we walk and respond in partnership with him we can be confident it will always in all ways

Lead us back to love.

 

Love doesn’t look the same situation to situation or person to person. Love is alive and breathing, always changing, ever growing.

 

But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions:
joy that overflows,
peace that subdues,
patience that endures,
kindness in action,
a life full of virtue,
faith that prevails,
gentleness of heart, and
strength of spirit.
Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.

Galatians 5:22-23 TPT

 

You can read an intro to Spirit fruity-ness here  and an expansion of the definitions in part 2 here

 

Love:

Sometimes love looks like a hug and a long talk. Sometimes it looks like shoving someone out of their comfort zone and locking the door behind them.

Sometimes love is standing with and standing beside. Sometimes love is walking away.

Always it is fit for the occasion and rises to the challenge.

 

Joy:

Sometimes joy is unrestrained happiness. Sometimes it is feeling the grief yet setting your mind on the goodness of God.

Sometimes joy is feeling God’s ever-present presence in deep and powerful ways. Sometimes joy is saying, “I know you are here. You never leave. No matter what my emotions are telling me. Let me feel you again, right here, right now.”

Always it is an inner rhythm that unleashes peace on those around you.

 

Peace:

Sometimes peace is an outward calm that enables you to walk through fire. Sometimes it puts out the fire.

Sometimes peace is an inward calm in the middle of chaos. Sometimes it is taking hold of the chaos and turning it into a rhythm that brings everyone into the song.

Always it is in harmony with God’s nature and character, anchored in his goodness.

 

Patience:

Sometimes patience is waiting for someone to see the light. Sometimes it is walking beside them and showing them the way to the light.

Sometimes patience in letting go of your own agenda. Sometime it is running ahead and waiting for others to catch up.

Always it is acting in step with God’s timing and direction, trusting he has a more beautiful plan.

 

Kindness:

Sometimes kindness looks like a hot meal. Sometimes it looks like telling someone they can do better, and you expect better from and for them.

Sometimes kindness is sharing all you have. Sometime it is gently telling others the same Power lives in them and helping them find that Power.

Always it is sharing the generous heard of our Good Father with those in your path.

 

Goodness:

Sometimes goodness is holding tight to what you know is right. Sometimes it is letting others see your resolve.

Sometimes goodness is liberally giving all you possess. Sometimes it is sharing generously the earth-shaking God image woven into your being.

Always is it an inner hum of integrity that resonates throughout your being: soul, body and spirit.

 

Faithfulness: 

Sometimes faith is a sense that you know that you know. Sometimes it is a deep persuasion that God is better than you dreamed.

Sometimes faith remembers what God has said and done in the past. Sometimes it is a Spirit-breathed revelation of what he wants to do in the future and remaining faithful to that vision during hard times.

Always it is steady, consistent and the foundation we build we hold to.

 

Gentleness: 

Sometimes gentleness calmly withstands opposition. Sometimes it defies the voices of cynicism, arrogance, and false humility.

Sometimes gentleness is control of your actions. Sometimes it is speaking Truth over a situation for the 5000th time.

Always it addresses our emotions and temperament.

 

Self-control:

Sometimes self-control is doing what you know you should do. Sometimes it is doing what you don’t want to do.

Sometimes self-control is restraint revealed in a calm demeanor. Sometimes it is finding a rhythm in the middle of chaos.

Always it addresses the physical realm, reveals itself as a mastery of appetites and desires from knowing the Master.

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 ESV

You can read an intro to Spirit fruity-ness here  and an expansion of the definitions in part 2 here


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