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"We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!”

1 John 1:3-4 MSG

Fruit of the Spirit

“But the 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!” Galatians 5:22 (NLT) I used to think things like, “I’m doing pretty well with most of these fruits, but I need to work harder on the fruit of patience or self control.” How I was missing the point of this scripture! God is not asking me to work harder at patience or self-control. For one thing, Paul talks about fruit (singular) not fruits (plural). It’s a combined fruit, or characteristic, of the Spirit of God, and it is offered to me by the Holy Spirit. The Lord is not asking me to work harder at being goo

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