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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Fearless Spiritual Inventory!

In Galatians 5 Paul lists for us the 9 fruits of the spirit.  I cannot think of a better metric by which one should measure their growth in the Christian faith.  In fact I encourage each of you to find some time for quiet prayer and meditation and lift up these 9 fruits of the Spirit.   Ask the question, “where have I shown love?”  And then ask the question, “where have I erred against love and lived contrary to the faith that is me?”  Do the same with Joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Take a fearless spiritual inventory and pray for the Holy Spirit to encourage, strengthen, correct and admonish your behavior and your production of these Godly fruits that we are called to bear.  If you are like me, you’ll find yourself lacking in some and pleasantly proficient in others; but remember this is not a litmus test for salvation but an assessment of how we are living out the faith in regards to blessing others with the gifts of our lives.

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control.”   Galatians 5.22-23

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