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Now for today’s post…
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Today was my turn to write the daily devotional for Blessed Is She. Here is a snippet:
Saint Paul is not one to mince words. He just lays out the fact that the “works of the flesh” will keep us away from the Kingdom of God—immorality, impurity, hatred, jealousy, acts of selfishness, etc. There was a time in my life when I was not living as I ought and was giving into my passions and desires. When I finally hit bottom, I called out to God. I distinctly remember kneeling at the foot of my bed sobbing because I hated what I had become and wanted nothing more than to leave that old life behind and embrace a new life in Christ.
The next day I woke up feeling a shift within me but I also realized that living a life of Christ was more than just avoiding these sins. Saint Paul emphasized that now that we live in the Spirit, we also follow the Spirit. We become a new person that embodies the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. That is a tall order! I don’t know about you, but all these fruits do not come naturally to me.
Read the rest of the devotion here.
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It’s funny that when I was writing this devotion, I received in the mail this gorgeous hand painted fruits of the Holy Spirit canvas from Welcome Bee.com. I ordered it because I wanted to have a physical reminder of the fruits that should be present in my life as a Christian. Some of these fruits come easier to me (like kindness) but others are a lot tougher for me (I’m looking at you, patience!) I hung this up in my kitchen to remind me during the toil of the day that my actions and attitude should reflect the Spirit of God.
So today I am grateful for the the opportunities to grow in virtue, even if I don’t particularly like working on things like patience!
I am also thankful for the artists at Welcome Bee for sharing their talent and promoting the faith with it. 🙂
What are you grateful for today?
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