"Since we LIVE by the Spirit,
let us keep in step WITH the Spirit"
(Based on the Fruit of the Spirit)
I will PAUSE today...to do for God and others without an expectation of anything in return, including recognition, demonstrating His unconditional love for us.
Is my love unconditional? Or is my love most evident when everything goes my way? This type of fruit keeps growing to show affection to others, who then in turn show love to another. Demonstrating that Gods love for us is contagiously beautiful.
I will PAUSE today...to experience the joys of life independent on things going smoothly in my day.
Can I have joy in the chaos? Or does my moodiness hover over everyone like a cloud? Not that anyone should be joyful about the hard times, but rather your joy comes from 1. God is with you through it and 2. God uses every trial to help you become stronger in the faith.
I will PAUSE today...when I find myself frazzled by the turmoil in my life to feel the peace that perhaps this is God's way of changing me for the best.
Is my inner person wrecked with anxiety and worry when everything falls apart? Or can I rest in Gods peace? There is no peace for the wicked, however, for believers, it is available every time you pray and leave your concerns with God.
I will PAUSE today...to accept that the things I desire may not come at a time I expect, knowing that God delivers them in His perfect time.
Can I sit still and wait on God? Or am I tempted to always move ahead so I can stay in control? Patience is a fruit that will grow with your experience of being stretched in faith especially in times of trial. You don’t have to pray for patience….it’s there already.
I will PAUSE today....to serve others with tenderness so that every word and action has His grace in it to those I love and to those who are against me.
Do others sense my kindness in words and actions? Or are they more accustomed to my angry responses? A gentle word, a soft answer, or a helping hand all demonstrate the fruit of kindness in this culture of rudeness and selfishness.
I will PAUSE today...to not have my words and actions tainted with worldly language, immoral tendencies, gossip and to believe the best about others.
Are my conversations marked with genuine virtue and honor? Or are my conversations tainted with worldly language, immoral tendencies, or gossip? Goodness doesn't mean that you are perfect, but rather someone who sincerely reflects the integrity of God within. A believer who demonstrates the fruit of goodness has the tendency to believe the best about others.
I will PAUSE today...to look for opportunities to make good on the promises I made to God and others.
Does my reputation reflect dependability and steadfastness in the faith? Or do people expect me to be late, undependable, or to drop off the map on a project? Your faithfulness represents Gods Spirit dwelling within. Those who cultivate the fruit of faithfulness are compelled to complete every good work for His glory
I will PAUSE today...to correct others with calm instead of arguing with them in anger and resentment.
Is my meek spirit felt around those who live or work with me? Or do they feel that I am a hard and legalistic person to deal with? A spirit of gentleness gives grace freely and consistently. Believers and unbelievers should feel at ease around you because of your presence of gentleness.
I will PAUSE today...when my fleshly desires control my life so that I let His Spirit direct me to the things that please God and serves others.
Do I control my appetites? Or do they control me? Believers can demonstrate a life of self-control and discipline in a world where every day is an opportunity for gluttony. You have the power through His Spirit to control your cravings.