April 8th - Change Your World
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Gal 5:22-25 (NKJV)
According to the Apostle Paul, "There is no law" against expressions of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We can practice and demonstrate these Christian virtues all we want! In fact, if you were to run with this and apply it to all the relationships in your life you would impact others lives with such force that you would change the direction and perhaps the destinies of those lives! The power of positive influence and pro-active activity should not be underestimated.
This is the opportunity of a lifetime!! You can actually change the lives of people around you! In fact, whether you like it or
not, your life does "rub off" on the people who are the closest to you. It is why children grow up to be similar to their parents in temperament, personality and often the choices they make in life. Our words and actions have consequences; consequences that are either a blessings or a curse to ourselves and the people around us.
It is never too late to change the direction of your life. Today could be the first day where you intentionally exercise the fruit of the Spirit. It starts with allowing God to be in control of your life. Then, with an endless internal supply of God's love, you step out and make a statement with your life. Loving people--attacking life with a joyful attitude--making peace in adversarial situations--demonstrating patience with the people who drive you crazy--being kind to children--going out of your way to bless people with unexpected good deeds--being faithful by following through with your good intentions--being gentle with people's feelings--and walking in the Spirit with diligence and consistency. Oh, yes--you can change your world! You really can make a difference!
Author's Note: I have been on the receiving end of a kind word or gesture that changed the course of my day. The fruit of love is always welcome. This is why the Golden Rule actually works better than any social engineering that our culture dreams up. Treat others--love others the way you want to be treated and loved. Seems simple enough--but, the power of God's fruit is awesome. RJD