What exactly are spiritual gifts? Great question. The Bible warns us not to be “ignorant” about this topic (1 Corinthians 12:1). In short, they are God-given abilities designed to build up the church today.
Our final featured fruit: SELF-CONTROL.
Right before the Bible lists the fruit of the Spirit, it spells out in graphic detail the “fruit” of our uncontrolled sinful selves: drunkenness, sexual immorality, idolatry, hatred, rage and various other forms of discord, dissension and debauchery.
Today’s featured fruit: GENTLENESS.
In my natural state, I’m about as un-gentle as they come. Without God at the helm, I tend to crash and bang through life at warp speed, leaving a wake of debris, destruction and devastation behind me.
Today’s featured fruit: GOODNESS.
Jesus said it best: “No one is good — except God alone.” (Mark 10:18)
The entire Bible can be seen as a story about the triumph of good (God) over evil (Satan). The question, then, is this: What side are you on?
The fruit you’re producing is strong evidence of where your heart’s really at. Jesus said:
Today’s featured fruit: PATIENCE.
Patience is one fruit that’s often missing from my basket. Here’s what most of my prayers on this topic sound like:
“Hurry up God and give me patience … NOW!”
Just in case you’re even a little bit like me, here are my all-time favorite anti-impatience verses. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you sloooooow down and read ’em patiently.