We are defined by our chacteristics. I will ask “As a Christian” either declared or undeclared, where is your heart? What makes you who and what you are?
But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Let us take these one at a time: Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
We at this point have defined Love. There are ‘passions’ we might mistake with Love. To rewrite what has been said we can “1 Corinthians 13” it. Can we truly say we can say that? There is a list of the qualities. Let us go over them again, in this case can we literally wrote our names (for example place your name before the quality and see if we exhibit this, a definite learning point!) I will substitute your name as A. A is patient, A is kind, A is patient… And so on. It becomes key to do just this so that we understand It for just what it is.
1 Corinthians 13 is so beautiful. The one great need in our Christian life is Love, more Love to God and to each other. I much rather that we all would and we could all move into that love chapter and live there.’ As we stated and challenged a minute ago, we should place our names before Love and ensure that true Love radiates from our Spirit.
Let me be pesky! Can people literally say this about you. I am aware that much is said; we are aware that people are always talking. Let me state it this way “In your abscense, what do people state about who you are?” Is there jealousy on who you are, what you are, how you do things? This can be a point where we stand and decide that we start exhibiting who and what we truly are.
In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul takes us to Christianity at its source; and there we see ‘the greatest of these is love.’
God is love. We deceive ourselves if we think we can Love God and hate other people is that possible. I personally do not think that. If we truly Love God it means so very much. 1 John 4:20. Love should be number one on your spiritual priority list. It should be the main thing in your life. Love is, indeed, the greatest thing in the world. It is, in the words of St Paul, ‘the most excellent way’ (and literally in our ‘world’) 1 Corinthians 12:31).
Moving right and along joy. Just what is this? Happiness? Definitions are simply descriptions of the way people use words. Words don’t have intrinsic definitions. They are given definitions by the way people use them. When I say I want to define joy for you, I am asking, Whose joy are we talking about, or what use of the word are we talking about?
Christian joy is a good feeling in the Spirit, produced by the Holy Spirit, as He causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world.
We can and will touch on this later. For this current description we are made to understand it it is not a ‘fleeting’ emotion, it is a way to be. It has been set forth in and for us as Christians. I will ask “Have you felt true joy?” I have to ask so that we can set our feet on the right path. There are some that may not realize that. Let is ‘break it down’.
Joy isn’t like happiness which is based upon happenings or whether things are going well or not. No, joy remains even amidst the suffering. Joy is not happiness. Joy is an emotion that’s acquired by the anticipation, acquisition or even the expectation of something great or wonderful. It could be described as exhilaration, delight, sheer gladness, and can result from a great success or a very beautiful or wonderful experience like a wedding or graduation but the definition of joy that the world holds is not nearly as amazing as biblical joy but joy is also gift.
Peace, just what does this mean? I am at ease on a permanent basis. That should be all we say, but we get to define this further, in this case let us go to the Webster dictionary-as you see I am staying in line with The Word but definitely keeping ‘current.
1. Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.
“you can while away an hour or two in peace and seclusion”
synonyms:tranquility, calm, restfulness, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quiet, quietness.
2. Freedom from or the cessation of war or violence.
“the Straits were to be open to warships in time of peace”
synonyms:law and order, lawfulness, order, peacefulness, peaceableness, harmony, nonviolence; formalconcord
2. Used as an order to remain silent.
We can utilize these definitions comfortably. Let me point out the final description. There might be someone or some people who are speaking untruth that hurt us. We receive an order to stand down and do just what? At this point it is best to suggest that’s difficult as it seems it is best to ‘leave and let be.’ There is a reason they say those things. We truly have the greatest example this world has ever known. This dude Jesus, did nothing, said nothing untoward in any way but was ‘punished’ beyond the realms of punishment. Even the ruler at the time was aware of what He had been through and sought the relief of the people. He actually offered them a choice-Jesus or Barabas a known ‘criminal’.
Barabbas /bəˈræbəs/ or Jesus Barabbas (a Hellenization of the Aramaic bar abba בר אבא, literally “son of the father” or “Jesus, son of the Father” respectively) is a figure mentioned in the accounts of the Passion of Christ, in which he is an insurrectionary whom Pontius Pilate freed at the Passover feast in Jerusalem, instead of releasing Jesus.
Forbearance. Defined as ‘self-restraint.’
And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and FORBEARANCE and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? Romans 2:3-4
Another challenge I am placing out there is can you truly see examples of this in your life? Take today for instance, how did we deal with everything in our day? Can we say that we kept the Word in its totality. Were all our actions Christ-like? I am aware that this is a challenge filled ‘chapter’. I would suggest taking it, acting on it and very possibly re-reading and constantly acting on the things that are challenged.
I might say this too often, but I was permitted back for a reason which gets more evident each passing moment. God is God of all. He created us for His purpose, can He find joy in you, your actions, your mind. Once again, did you radiate God in your life today?
kindness. We are getting somewhere. Hold fast! Almost done with this sharing.
The main problem in understanding kindness is the fact that it is one of a series ofterms that are overlapping and not clearly or consistently distinguishable in meaning.This is true not only in English (kindness, goodness, mercy, pity, love, grace, favor,compassion, gentleness, tenderness, etc.) but also in Greek (chrestos, eleemon, oiktirmon,charis, agape, splanchnon, epieikeia, etc.) and in Hebrew (hesed, tob, rahamim, hemlah,hen, etc.). Consider, for example, the relationship of love, goodness, kindness, and mercyin lu 6:35-36. Nevertheless, although distinctions are not consistent, kindness (likegoodness, love) tends to cover a broad range of meaning, with mercy and grace beingprogressively narrower.
Divine Kindness God’s kindness is presupposed or taught throughout Scripture.
It is manifest in what is called “common grace.” God is kind to all he hasmade ( Psalm 145:9 ),even when his creatures are ungrateful and wicked ( Luke 6:35 ; cf. Matt 5:45 ). Hiskindness is intended to lead to repentance, not to rejection of him ( Rom 2:4 ).
In the second place, it is the believer who can truly celebrate God’s kindness, even inareas of experience not directly related to salvation from the guilt and punishment ofsin. God’s kindness is seen in his deliverance of the believer from affliction, fear, andtrouble.
Third, God’s kindness is manifest in the full salvation that comes through Christ ( 1 Peter 2:3 ).Indeed, our salvation derives from the kindness of God ( Eph 2:7-8 ), and itis through continuing in his kindness that we are saved ( Rom 11:22 ).
What is true of God in general is also specifically attributed to Christ, who is gentle( Matt 11:29-30 ).In this connection, Jesus’ kind yoke might better be understood to speak of the fact thatit is gently and considerately laid upon his disciple rather than that it is easy toaccomplish.
Human Kindness The Scriptures also teach that divine kindness is to be reflectedin the human experience. Indeed, expressing kindness to other human beings is moreimportant than performing ritual sacrifice to God ( Hosea 6:6 ; Matthew 9:13 ; 12:7 ). Thus, we areto love kindness ( Mic 6:8 ) and to be children of the Most High, exhibiting his kindness and mercy ( Luke 6:35-36 ).Even more direct is the simple injunction to be kind Eph 4:32 . Kindness often finds a place in the lists of Christian virtues ( 1 Col 13:4 ; Col 3:12 ). Paul can take the injunction a step further and claim to exemplify kindness in his own life to a degree that commends his ministry as authentic 2 Cor 6:6.
Yet human imitation of God’s kindness does not come naturally. In fact, ultimately noone is kind ( Psalm14:3 ; Rom 3:12 ).It is only as the fruit of God’s Spirit that kindness can be a consistent part of thebeliever’s experience ( Gal 5:22 ).
Goodness. In this case, once again we go to the Websteresque definition:
1. The quality of being good, in particular.
1. As a substitution for “God”
We can see that once again the ‘legal’ definition goes traipsing through.