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Devotional - week of July 2, 2006



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


This well-know passage lists some things experienced by a person who is filled with the Holy Spirit. We are filled with the Holy Spirit when we live out the new-creation life by experiencing our oneness with Christ.


We can imagine the blessings God would give to children whose parents are having an ongoing experience of being filled with the Spirit.


Consider the first thing mentioned—love. This is a translation of the word that means the God-kind of love. It is the type of love defined in the love chapter of the Bible—1 Corinthians 13. This chapter, in verses 4 through 7, expresses things divine love does and things that divine love does not do.


Things divine love does.


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


Things divine love does not do:


… [love] is not jealous; love does not brag {and} is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong {suffered,} does not rejoice in unrighteousness …


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


What God-loving parent, when reading these passages of Scripture, does not say, “I would give anything in the world if I could be a parent like that? We can be.


We will not be parents like that by attempting to develop these qualities or by determination. We can be parents like that when we continue to receive the filling of the Holy Spirit by living out our union with Christ.