Morning Prayer 11 | Peace

The Apostle Paul follows up love and joy with peace.  Peace is an inner quietness marked by a freedom of worry. Peace is an elusive state in our modern, hyper-connected world. There’s so much to worry and fret over that having our souls rest in stillness, free from anxiety, seems like an insurmountable task. Something […]

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Morning Prayer 10 | Joy

Joy. What a great word. Joy is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune. It is also the emotion that comes by the prospect of possessing what one desire. Joy is delighting in something or someone. Think of the first time you held your child in your arms, your wedding day, or that […]

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Morning Prayer 9 | Love

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. Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV) In Galatians 5:22-23, the Apostle Paul lists the characteristics that become evident when we allow the Spirit to control us rather than the flesh. The first characteristic Paul lists […]

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Morning Prayer 8 | The Fruit of the Spirit

When people see you, what do they learn about the God you love? As believers, we are no longer controlled by our fleshly desires, but rather submit ourselves to the control of the Holy Spirit who embeds us with the blessings that come from a life, mind, body, heart, and soul focused on pleasing God. […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Love

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV) In these verses, the Apostle Paul describes nine characteristics that all Christians exemplify in their walk as believers. I don’t know about you, but in my case, all the ingredients […]

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