Producing the "Fruits of the Spirit" *Willingly* Part 1

"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace..." (Gal. 5:22)

My focus for the next 3 blogs {Lord Willing} will be X-actly that... the word Willing! In regards to Marriage Matters {#12}... what are you willing to do for your mate?! In regards to all of man-kind... are you willing to exhibit the "Fruits of the Spirit?" There is no way to properly cover all 9 in one blog; so I will break it up into a 3-part series! In regards to Christ Himself are you willing to allow HiM to produce the fruits in you? I do have 9 past archived blogs covering each fruit; this series will focus on a different aspect!

We will begin with Love: Love is 1st... as it should be! (1Cor. 13:1) states "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal." In other words if were not speaking out of and in love... were just making a bunch of noise and not being heard! We are to "serve one another in love." (Gal. 5:13b) Again, the key word being willing! This means whatever the Lord wills... to whom He wills! Including our worst enemy! So, that much more we should willingly serve those we actually say we Love! Are you willing to go out of your way... to willingly give of yourself!? Would you give up your own plans, having your own way, etc. for Love?! What can you do to show Love, to Be Love? Willingly Serve. That simple. It has to do with nourishment; physical affection, satisfying those tummies, spiritual refreshment, meeting emotional needs; just to name a few! For all of us our needs and desires will vary... but one constant is we all need Love! Whatever you do keep in mind "this one commandment:"Love your neighbor as yourself." (Gal. 5:14b)

Joy! Gotta love that others centered word! Keeping Jesus 1st... He truly exhibited Joy in all circumstances! If He is 1st and foremost center of our lives... how can we not be Joyful in all things!? We do this through prayer, Bible reading, devotions, church & Bible studies!
Others... those fellow human-beings in your life! "Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others." (Phil. 2:4) Also (Gal. 5:15) says, "But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another." Oh! How our words and actions can destroy and devour! We are powerful and mighty creatures... we can build-up or tear-down (with our words, attitude & actions)
YoU! are Loved... You are Special... You are wanted... You are needed... You are desired... You are cherished... You are adored... I AM a Chosen Child... Daughter of the King!!! (I Hope You are, too!) I say these things because it's something we all need to hear... some of us never hear it; or often enough! Be the one to let others hear these words today!! {Don't forget Jesus... Loves to hear these words, too!!!}

Peace! The best advice regarding peace comes from the Bible. "The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield." (James 3:17) Do not treat your mate or others as your enemy, instead give them honor by showing respect for what they have to say! Try to go their way more of the time! Compromise... give in! After all... look what Love {Jesus} did for you... on the cross!!! HE came to seek & save the lost... that they might have life! Glory Be!

HiS Child,