Gifts of Love we can share
Love (Affection for others)
Joy (Exuberance about life)
Longsuffering (A willingness to stick with things)
Gentleness (A sense of compassion in the heart)
Goodness (And a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people)
Faith (We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments)
Meekness (Not needing to force our way in life)
Temperance (Able to marshal and direct our energies wisely)
Faith expressed in love…..
The best way to live is…..
If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him/her,
Save your critical comments for yourself (you might be needing forgiveness before the day is out)
Stoop down and reach out for those who are oppressed,
Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law,
If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived,
Make careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given,
And sink yourself into that.
Don’t be impressed with yourself,
Don’t compare yourself with others,
Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
Share all the good things you have and experience,
Don’t be misled,
No one makes a fool of God,
What a person plants, he/she will harvest,
The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others-ignoring God!-harvests a crop of weeds; all he’ll/she’ll have to show for his/her life is weeds!
But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him/her, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
Don’t allow yourself to get fatigued doing good,
At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up or quit.
Every time we get a chance let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closet to us in the community of faith,
…..It is not what we do, but what God is doing, he is creating something totally free and new, a free life!
Christ has set us free to live a free life, so take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.
Anyone who tries to live by his/her own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure….
We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ.
I found these very diamonds in the book of Galatians this morning immediately after praying, so now once again I thank God for these very words and truths in scripture, because I once again was reminded of the” free life” I have in knowing Christ. I am so free!