The Fruit of the Spirit Series: The Fruit of the Spirit is Joy

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…

In verse 25, Paul adds If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. The way we handle ourselves should be in line with these attributes of the Holy Spirit. The second of these is joy.

By my count, the Bible has the word ‘joy’ translated into it 171* times.  The literal translation of the Greek word xapa is simply joy or gladness.  Joy is defined as great delight or elation. I know it’s easy for us to feel joy when life is great. I think we can all say we feel joy in the good times. But where does this joy come from if it disappears when challenges arise?

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Fruit of the Spirit Series: The Fruit of the Spirit is Love

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…

In verse 25, Paul adds If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. The way we handle ourselves should be in line with these attributes of the Holy Spirit. The first of these is love.

By my count, the Bible has the word ‘love’ translated into it 503* times.  That’s a big deal! When Paul was writing his letter to the Galatians, I think there is a reason he chose to list love as the first quality of walking with the Spirit. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he said, So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13).  If you look at Mark 12:29-31, you will see Jesus said there was no greater command than to love our neighbors as ourselves (and the first command to love our Lord God with everything we have).  There is definitely no shortage of instruction to love in the Bible. So, what is Biblical love? How can we show it?

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My Husband Isn’t Making Me Happy

Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

I’ve heard so many women say this to me. ‘He just doesn’t make me happy anymore’.  Know first that I sympathize with you, and I have felt this way on several occasions. And it’s a devastating feeling.  But also know, that it is not your husband’s job to make you happy.

Happiness comes from within you. It is not something someone else is required to give you on a daily basis. I am here to tell you, true happiness can only be found in a strong relationship with the Father.

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This One’s For the Moms!


Proverbs 31:25-30  Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

I could have put all of Proverbs 31 in this post, but that would get a bit lengthy.  But, if you get a chance, please head to your Bible and read it in its entirety.  It’s truly worth it.  Do you ever feel like you work so hard to take care of your family and no one even notices?  When you feel that way, remember God sees all you are doing.

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Giving God Leftovers


Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Now, I’ll admit.  I’m a mom and a wife, among many other roles, so I love leftovers!  But when it comes to our incredible God, I certainly don’t want to give Him any leftovers!

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Making the Father Proud


John 15:9  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

Ladies, do you ever think Jesus is looking down at what we are doing with this look on His face?  I know I do!  Sometimes I wonder how He could still love me with the things I’ve done.  But as this verse shows us, Jesus loves us.  If you take a deeper look, it says He loves us as the Father loves Him.  Wow!  That’s a lot of love.  The truth is, Jesus is the only one who is capable of loving us unconditionally.  Even when we scream at our kids, get snippy with our husbands, or have a breakdown over the dirt someone carried through the house with their shoes on, He loves us!

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A New Commandment


John 13:34-35  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

I just love reading the words of Jesus.  There has never been and never will be a greater inspiration to us as Christians.  This verse from the book of John speaks volumes to me and I know it’s something we all struggle with.  “A new commandment I give to you.”  When I read this I know this is as important to Jesus as the initial ten commandments and should be treated as so.  “…that you love one another:  just as I have loved you…”

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Kindness at Home


Colossians 3:12 (ESV)  Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

I once heard a speaker say we often treat strangers with more kindness than we do our own families and friends.  In that moment, with those few words, my life changed.  My mind went back to certain moments in my life.  Like all the times I’ve held doors open for strangers, which is every time I walk through a public door, really.  I thought to myself, What do I do for my own family that is THAT kind, expecting nothing in return?  Those times when I deny loaning my friends or family money, yet I graciously give to the homeless man on the corner.  When we have dinner guests, I’m charming, smiling, and happy.  Yet when I cook for my own family, I’m grumbling because no one offers to help me in the kitchen.

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