“God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled.” (Galatians 5: 22-23, Contemporary English Version)
All these wonderful qualities can certainly make for a good experience and a productive one as well. And while they seem like nice human attributes to feel and express, they have their source in something much greater.
As we recognize God’s Spirit in us, we realize we have access to all of these ideal traits in infinite measure, and naturally. It is not by human effort that we are loving. It is by God’s Spirit, His Love for us and with us. We are not peaceful merely because the circumstances are all perfectly aligned, but because God’s Truth assures us, and settles us.
Kindness and gentleness and self-control are possible and a joy to us, for they are a release of self and ego to God’s conscious Love as well as His strength, certainty, and divine government. We can act in a powerful and constructive way, making a positive difference in the world, because we know that God, good, is in charge and that we are both the beloved object and expression of all that He is.
Gratefully remember where your goodness comes from. Accept this powerful gift and use it without restraint or qualification!
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