Show Notes 1/26, 2/2, 2/9
Rene and I have really enjoyed our current series on the fruit of the Spirit. Here I'll share with you some of my show notes from the first 3 shows: love, joy, and peace.
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LOVE IS DEFINED IN THE BIBLE:
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. - 1 Cor 13:4-7
Gal 5:13-14 -- For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Gal 5:22-23 --- the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT - love is paramount in these attributes.
In the same love chapter that we read the definition of love, the writer talks about how important love is in the first 3 verses of 1 Cor. with several conditional statements:
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn't’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn'tn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. - 1 Cor 13:1-3
Nothing compares to love
Without love I am nothing
When you love someone, you will help carry their burdens and fulfill their passions. The same goes for loving Jesus and partnering with Him in intercession. It's not a call for a select few, but a call for all who truly love Him. - Ashley Coleman
No greater passion and no greater burden than that of Christ’s. And certainly no greater love.
James 1:2 New Living Translation (NLT)
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
“Thanksgiving is the first thing to go when life gets difficult, immediately you want to focus on your problems and you want to fix it.” - Francis Chan, Pastor in California
INSTEAD, consider troubles an opportunity for joy? That’s not logical, that’s faith.
To have joy you need to get joy from the source.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength”
When you feel your weakest, when life is the hardest, joy is not a superficial thing that’s inconsequential - it’s the strength you need to make it through the trials you’re in. “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. “ Joy is a secret weapon. The source of joy is God himself.
We live in a society where we’re empowered, we’re constantly accomplishing but yet our society is full of people who are depressed, lonely, purposeless and desperately need joy.
For the joy set before him he endured the cross.
Weeping may endure through the night but joy comes in the morning
“When others feel our joy, they know our God must be too good to live without.“ - Margaret Westphal
the works of the flesh - what they are - sin - why things are the way that they are
the purpose of the fruit of the Spirit
: a state of tranquillity or quiet
: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
Stillness - a synonym of peace
“Be still and know that I am God”
Philippians 4 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Last week I talked about prayer, a two way communication, talking to God - presenting your requests to him, then waiting and giving God the opportunity to respond, participate in the listening side of prayer. And often when we take the time to be still with God, we get more than the answers we are seeking - we get the peace of God himself.
Psalm 46:10-11 (NLT)
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.
Peace is obtained by TRUST:
Is. 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
It’s in this trust that we believe and it’s in belief that God is allowed to do what he does - save, heal, transform, comfort, change, perform miracles, do the impossible.