Hard to believe that Od and I have been here for one week already. I was all in and settled by Monday night and had played the Prelude and the first two hymns of the service in-between. How about THAT!!!!
I ran across a hymn in our Hymnal entitled, “Freely, Freely”. Do you know it? It is written in three-quarter time and has a lovely “lilt” to it and the words are on my mind. It goes like this.
“God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name, I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name; And in Jesus’ name I come to you to share His love as He told me to:
“He….said…., ‘Freely freely you have received~~~freely freely give; Go in My name and because you believe, others will know that I live.”(In the 1991 Baptist Hymnal, written by Carol Owens.)
I have so much to be thankful for. This apartment ~~~ Warm. Cozy. I love it’s every nook and cranny. I have been given so much, and I want to spend my life honoring Him and doing His will, don’t you, too?
Working on Gal 5:22, 23 is no easy thing to do. It is a three dimensional Fruit of the Spirit. When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of Fruit in us.
Love…Joy…Peace: the Inward qualities.
Patience…Kindness…Goodness: The Outward qualities.
Faithfulness..Gentleness..Self Control: The Godward qualities
Love: (Agape) unmerited, transforming, unchangeable.
“God is love” 1John 4:8.
“The greatest of these is Love” 1Cor. 13:13.
It is this love that sent Christ to the cross. Because the Spirit of Christ lives in me, I am to show love to other christians and my world.
“By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
None of this is easy, is it!! It is hard because we have the sin nature in us and it wants to show it’s self at every turn in our lives. Because of that sin nature, we will have to be never far from the Heavenly Father as we strive daily to work on the areas whereby the Fruit is having a hard time maturing within. Each of us know exactly where that “area” is, don’t we? I do, for sure. I believe you do, too.
Lord. Change me. No one else….simply me. Make me into the kind of a person that you had in mind centuries ago when You created me and put me on this earth at this time in history. Lord. Make me~~Make us~~~~like You!! Amen.
Serving Him! Marge