But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
Fruit of the Spirit: When you display the Fruit of the Spirit in your everyday life, it’s like planting seeds everywhere you go. Be Loving, Joyful, Peaceful, Patient, Kind, Good, Faithful, Gentle, and Self-controlled and let the seeds of the Fruit fall where they may.
Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Fruit of the Spirit: The influence of a Godly mother over her children is beyond measure. Honor your mother for all that she has shown you about Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
Fruit of the Spirit: The challenge is Loving the unlovable, those who have been forgotten by society. Find ways to be Good and Kind to them, share the Love of God with them, and don’t forget to pray for them too.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
Fruit of the Spirit: Pray for your friends and with your friends. Pray that they would have Love, Joy, and Peace in their lives. Pray that they would be able to be Patient and Kind when dealing with others. Pray for them to act with Gentleness and Self-control in all situations. Pray that their Faithfulness would exude Goodness in all areas of their life.
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
Fruit of the Spirit: Always conduct yourself in a way that pleases God because you represent Him in everything you do. Make the most of every opportunity by treating everyone with Love, Patience, Kindness, and Goodness. Let them see God in you.
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.
We all know we are supposed to love our neighbors but often we forget the “as yourself” part of this verse. We put everyone else’s needs first but the truth is we can’t love anyone else if we don’t take care of our own health, mind, body and spirit. Many of us struggle with loving and taking care of ourselves. We even feel guilty for doing so, but loving yourself means we give ourselves a reasonable amount of self-care and self-respect. You are a child of God and it’s okay to love yourself with humility and godliness. Make self-care a priority this year, enjoy some “me” time without feeling guilty and remember, you can’t pour out blessings from an empty cup.
Fruit of the Spirit: Loving others sometimes seems to be a lot easier than loving yourself. Self-care simply means doing things that impact your well-being physically, mentally, and spiritually. Practice Love, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, and Gentleness toward yourself so that you may honor God with a healthy mind, body, and soul.
Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground.
God loves us so much that He gave us commands to obey that will lead us towards His goodness and mercy and away from a path that leads to destruction. If left to our own devices, we would stumble and fall into a life of sin. But God had mercy on us and sent the Holy Spirit to guide us onto the straight and narrow path that leads to God. In order to be led by the Holy Spirit, we must have a teachable heart, which goes hand in hand with humility. We must have a willingness to learn and to receive instruction, which sometimes comes in the form of correction. Trust in the guidance of the Holy Spirit and you will never be led astray.
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
The only way to know God is to seek Him with all of your heart. Spend time with Him in prayer, read the Holy Bible and make a real effort to understand who He is. The more you seek God by faith, the more you will come to know how wonderful and trustworthy He is. The more you trust God, the more you will see His true nature, power, wisdom, faithfulness and goodness. When you experience God’s love, grace and mercy for yourself you will come to fully trust in Him and realize that He is always there for you and He is worthy of your complete trust.