“…when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control;” (Galatians 5: 22-23, the Living Bible)
If we could truly cultivate and practice these qualities, what a rich and generous life we might lead! These ways of thinking and acting are spiritual. They come with a divine energy behind them and the effectiveness of Truth.
We all have these attributes at the ready within us. The seeds are there, for God put them there. These wonderful and right impulses to do and be good, to serve and help and be kind, are part of our true nature. They are natural. While we may think we have to work at being peaceful, patient, kind, gentle, this striving is not the true way.
It is by letting. It is by yielding control to the Holy Spirit that we do easily imbibe and express these wonderful spiritual qualities. This Holy Spirit is always active, present. It is God making Himself known to us. When we are humble and receptive, we can feel this divine action and it moves us to be grateful and open. This Love felt makes us more loving. The awareness of God’s control eases the burden on us to control things ourselves. We are more willing to listen, to be tender and sweet, to be the better individuals God made us to be.
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