Wednesday, March 6, 2024

The Fruit of the Spirit 2

Broadcast 3963
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Galatians 5:22 (NET) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
When Lanre achieved success as an adult, he made a firm decision to distance himself from his adopted mother and siblings, believing they never truly loved him. He attributed his struggle with low self-esteem to their treatment of him. Interestingly, despite his financial success surpassing theirs, he remained distant.

Meeting Bridget changed his perspective. He was drawn to her kindness and genuine love– Qualities that he had not experienced in his loveless upbringing. Unlike him, Bridget's kindness was not driven by ulterior motives; she simply exuded love and kindness effortlessly.

Lanre longed to be close to Bridget because of the peace and warmth she brought into his life. However, she kept her distance, revealing later that her reluctance stemmed from her being a born-again Christian while he was not. This realization prompted Lanre to reconsider his stance and open his heart to the idea of being born again.

Upon accepting Christ into his life, Lanre realized that his previous resolve to be cold and distant towards his family was incompatible with his new nature in Christ. As he grew spiritually, he understood the importance of forgiveness and treating others with love and compassion.

Lanre's initial attitude stemmed from his Adamic nature, not from malice. He was simply trying to protect himself. However, he learned through his faith in Christ that the world's standards of love differ from Christ's teachings. In Christ, love extends even to enemies, meaning one wishes them well and prays for their salvation.

Remember today that love is a nature that cannot be switched off if it exists within you, especially the love that is a fruit of the Spirit.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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