Lately, I’ve been thinking about my reactions to things and how I don’t always have the best response.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
These are the things that should be evident in a Christian life, but there are times that I am not loving, kind, good or gentle. I don’t always have joy, peace or patience, and there are plenty of times my self-control or faith have wavered significantly.
When I fail at abiding in this mentality, do I try to do my best next time, or do I accept that I will make mistakes and stop stressing or striving?
Romans 6:1-2 share this idea: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be!” I really am grateful for the grace and forgiveness that are given to us. Ephesians 2:8-9 has this reminder, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
However, Philippians 3:14 states, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Pressing toward the mark is a continual process, and there is a choice that must be made. The fruits of the Spirit are traits of God, so they come from Him and not from me. I have to take hold of the joy or the peace, and this requires action on my part.
I would like to encourage you to strive with me in choosing these nine essentials like Colossians 1:10 says, “so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Katie Grobe is the executive director of Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center.