Christmas and Easter, incarnation and atonement. How do they connect? Why do they need each other. And what joy is in their union: There is therefore now no condemnation! Rom 8.1-4 is a feast to satisfy the soul.
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.