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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Celebrate the Fruits of Gospel Living

 "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace and patience." Gal 5:23

Every person has faults, makes mistakes and loses focus. To do anything else would not be human, but we must never measure our life only by our failures; we must also celebrate its fruits, which Paul reminds us are love, joy, peace and patience. Jesus is clear about this, and though we sometimes are tempted to dismiss the good we have done, we need to listen to his guidance.

It is very clear in the scriptures that God is always willing to look past our sins and focus on our gifts, and this is true throughout the Bible. Very few people would forgive David his lust for Bathsheba and his willingness to put her husband Uriah in a position where he would surely be killed. But God forgives. Even more remarkable is the story of the forgiving father who embraces his younger son who has squandered his inheritance. God wants us to succeed and be reborn.

Today, accept the good God has done through you.

When was the last time you took the opportunity to praise someone for their good qualities?

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