Tuesday, May 18, 2010

it's about character

God has called us to live by a new standard.  We are not be hypocrites that say one thing and do another.  Our lives are to overflow with the character of Jesus.  The more time we spend with God, the more of His character will flow through our lives.

 

Here is a huge look at those traits:

 

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

 

That is FRUIT.  Singular.  These things go hand in hand as we walk with Jesus.  He changes us from the inside out.  I ask you and myself to examine the way we deal with our family, our coworkers and friends, our neighbors and even the people we meet on the street.

 

When we allow God to live and speak and breathe through our lives, we will be changed.  Because of our changed lives, others will be changed.  As people see and acknowledge what is happening in your life, especially those closest to you, God's hand will be moving.

 

It is the love and peace (and every part) that literally demonstrates the love of God to our community.  Do our lives, does our talk, does our walk … do those pieces of us and our character point people to Jesus?

 

Fruit from the Christian life points people in no others direction.  It points them and all to Jesus.

 

Matthew 5:16
(NASB) "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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