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Devotional - week of May 27, 2007


FOR THE CHILDREN'S SAKE

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control … Galatians 5:22-23

 

This well-known passage of Scripture includes a list of some of the qualities found in the life of a person who is filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

Consider the first quality mentioned—love. Here love is the translation of the word that means the God-kind of love. It is the type of love that is defined in the love chapter of the Bible—1 Corinthians 13. Verses 4 through 7 express some things that divine love does and some things that divine love does not do.

 

Things divine love does.

 

Love is patient, kind, rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

Things divine love does not do:

 

… [Love] is not jealous, does not brag, is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly (rudely), does not seek its own, is not easily provoked, does not take into account a wrong (suffered), does not rejoice in unrighteousness …

 

Galatians 5:22-23, lists other qualities in the life of one who is filled with the Holy Spirit—“joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

 

What God-loving parent not filled with the Holy Spirit, when reading these passages, does not say, “I would give anything in the world if I could be a parent like that?” You can be.

 

Many of us think there is some type of struggle we must go through to arrive at being filled with the Spirit. Jesus told the woman at the well that the water He would give her would be in her a spring springing us unto eternal life. The Holy Spirit is that spring that has sought to fill us throughout our Christian lives.

 

We permit the Holy Spirit to fill us by living out our oneness with Christ in crucifixion, burial and resurrection.