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Blog Archives: June 2015

Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

June 23, 2015
Tag Tuck
Gentleness is that elusive quality we value in others but have difficulty cultivating in ourselves. Today we continue with our series on the fruit of Spirit by coming to terms with gentleness. When searching out the definition of a particular quality or fruit from the list in Galatians 5:22-23, I’ve found the book of Proverbs to be very helpful. Proverbs 15:4 says, “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” What are gentle words that give life? Not only the words, but the intent of the words are important ...

Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

June 18, 2015
Cara Kidd
Over the last several weeks, you have been reading about the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22–23, and this week’s fruit is faithfulness. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. When I began thinking about the word faithfulness and what it means, the song, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” kept coming to mind.   Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou ...

Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

June 11, 2015
Stacey Powdrell
The last five weeks we’ve spent some time on the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23.  So far we have covered love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness. This week our fruit is goodness.  I have to admit that the difference between kindness and goodness can be fuzzy for me.  They seem similar don’t they? So let’s define goodness and hopefully gain some clarity.  The Greek word translated is “agathosune” which means uprightness of heart and life or integrity.  Tim Keller provides a helpful working definition for goodness when he ...

Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

June 04, 2015
Stacey Powdrell
Kindness.  I think we all hope that others use this word to describe us.  There are some people in our lives who are very easy to love and be kind towards.  Why?  Because they are kind themselves.  They treat us as we wish to be treated and it’s a two-way, give-and-take street. But what about those who aren’t kind?  The people we interact with on a daily basis who do not reciprocate with kindness but instead are mean, hurtful, nasty, and harsh.  How does our kindness measure up with this group?  I know for me, not well.  I like to pretend ...