Self control - everyone’s least favourite of the fruit of the Spirit! And the one that most sounds like, ‘just suck it up and be more disciplined!’ But is there more to it than that?
Gentleness is hard to define, but we know it when we see it. To some of us, it comes naturally; for others, it’s like a foreign language. And yet, as a fruit of the Spirit, part of the texture of our calling by the grace of God in Christ to a life of good works, gentleness is for everyone. So, what exactly is gentleness? And how does the powerful gentleness of Jesus help us to grow in it?
There are two means by which we can live: according to the Spirit, or according to the flesh. Guest preacher from Compassion Australia, Spiro Cassis, opens up the way the flesh seeks to grab hold of our hearts through greed, which stifles our goodness and generosity. The way to live out goodness and generosity according to the Spirit is to remember that these fruits — like all the fruit of the Spirit — are exemplified in Jesus, shown to us by our good and gracious God.
How can you get joy? Not just happiness that ebbs and flows with your circumstances, but something deeper that can sustain and uplift you through the delights and tragedies of life? Jesus says you can have his joy in your heart, and he tells us how to get it: let the Father prune you; keep abiding in Jesus; and let him be the one who makes your joy complete.