A posture of humility brings God’s presence to my problem.
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Humility. You know, even though I have known the passage that lists of the fruit of the Spirit for years (even wrote a book on it!) I had to look it up again. My mind wanted to tell me it was listed as one of the fruit of the Spirit.
And I believe it is just that; it just is not included in Galatians 5:22 – 23:
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (NLT)
These beautiful traits all work together with humility.
Humility empowers us to:
love the hardest to love
be joyful in the worst circumstances
experience peace, recognizing God is the one in control
pick patience toward those who need a little “extra”
give kindness even when not given to
choose goodness despite others intentions
be faithful when our emotions say they deserve less
adopt a gentle heart when I feel edgy
select self-control no matter how tired I feel
When we choose humility, we pay the price of self-control up front, but it opens the way for God to defend us and brings His peace to our situation. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit working through us can we bypass the natural to choose His supernatural response. This is when we reap the beautiful results of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23.)
I’d like to say this choice is simple, even easy. But that’s simply not true. Through the Holy Spirit,though, it is possible.
“The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.”Proverbs 22:4 (ESV)
Do you have a young woman in your life who needs a nudge to choose humility? The Holy Spirit wants to transform us into people who reflect God Himself in everything we do. Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants empowers young women to partner with the Holy Spirit to develop the fruit of the Spirit in her life.
Today, I’m giving away a copy of Magnetic, as well as Magnetic note cards and magnetics. To be entered for an opportunity to win, simply share which fruit of the Spirit you want to walk out specifically today. If you’re in a hurry, just share “I’m in!” I’ll announce the winner October 5th.