The Gift of Goodness
Every good and perfect gift is from above; (James 1:17a).
Goodness is a virtue and a moral characteristic of a Spirit-filled person. It’s characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing to others. However, it’s not a quality that we can manufacture on our own. It’s developed by the Holy Spirit as He works in our lives to bring about change that reflects the character of Christ. As we are led by the Holy Spirit we are blessed with the fruit of goodness.
The Gift of Faith
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; (1 Cor. 1:9).
Faithfulness is steadfastness and firmness fixed. It shows true and constant support of loyalty. We learn to trust the character of a person by getting to know that person. It’s also true for us as we’re learning to trust God by getting to know His character. When we study God’s Word a pattern emerges. Throughout the Bible we learn that God never changes, never lies, nor fail; (Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:20; Isa. 51:6). He is always true to His Word and we build trust as we spend time in fellowship with Him.
True faithfulness begins in the heart with the fruit of the Spirit. The only way we can have faith is by the Holy Spirit’s influence. Our faithfulness is the result of the Holy Spirit working in us. Faithfulness believes that God is who He says He is. We also trust that God will work in, through us, and on our behalf for our good; (Rom. 8:28).
The Gift of Gentleness
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him; (Matt. 3:16).
The perfect picture of gentleness is described in the account of Jesus’ baptism. The Holy Spirit descended as it were a dove in bodily form, which was a gift of tenderness, purity, and the gentleness of which the dove symbolized. A dove is a very fit emblem of the Spirit of God who descended, and the fruits of meekness, love, humility on whom he lighted.
Jesus offers His gentleness as a gift. Gentleness places our strength under God’s guidance and is a powerful tool for God’s Kingdom. If we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us we will be filled with the fruit of gentleness.
The Gift of Patience
You should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable; (1st Thess. 4:4).
Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing; (Jam. 1:4).
The entirety and completeness of a Christian’s life that is hidden in Christ are manifested mostly by self-restraint. A patient person endures much pain and suffering without murmuring and complaining. They have a yielded disposition to whatever adversity that they may encounter.
Our level of faith in God’s Omnipotence and His timing is revealed by our actions. Patience comes from a place of power. God’s power and goodness are crucial to the development of patience; however, it is not developed overnight. The Holy Spirit produces patience in us which make us more like Christ in character.
Patience reveals our faith in God’s timing, omnipotence, and love. Patience has endurance. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus demonstrated patience endurance for us when he went to the cross. Our patience is developed and strengthened by resting in God’s perfect will and timing. Patience always perseveres.
The Gift of Self-Control
I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should do; (1 Cor. 9:27a NLT).
Self-control is known as “temperance is simply having the ability to restrain oneself. It involves moderation, constraint, and the ability to say “NO” to our fleshly desires. It’s a gift that frees us to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and we find the liberty to love and live as life was meant to be. We know that God is working in our lives when we are able to exercise our words, thoughts, and actions.
When God’s power manifests through spirit-fill Christians who have developed mature spiritual fruit, they become a powerful witness for the Kingdom. There’s nothing more impressive and attractive than Christians who demonstrate the life of Christ that resides within and reflects on the outside. People notice them because their spiritual light cannot be hidden. Some people find it attractive and want to know what is different about that person. While others become offended because of their discomfort with the unfamiliar.
Our world desperately needs to see the transformed lives of men and women who uphold godly standards without prejudices. The Holy Spirit is interested in transforming lives in order to make people effective witness for Christ. He fills them with boldness and inspires them to share the Gospel in a refreshing and new way.
Have a blessed and fruitful day!
*Reference Credit: Bible Hub.org; Got Questions.org; In Touch Ministry, Dr. Charles Stanley
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