Fruits of the Spirit: Gentleness

The other night I watched Les Miserables for the first time. Have you ever seen that movie? Well if you haven’t, it’s about a man named Jean ValJean who steals a loaf of bread. For this small crime he is sent to prison for five years. Twice he tries to escape, and this only adds to his time there- Jean ends up spending twenty years in jail all because of a loaf of bread. The night before he finally escapes, Jean makes a vow to kill Javert, the cruel prison master. So he runs away and is given a room and food for the night from a kind old bishop. In the middle of the night, the “convict” sneaks out and steals all of the bishop’s silver except the candlesticks. In the morning, he is brought back to the bishop’s house by the police for stealing, but the bishop tells them that he gave him the silver. Jean asks the bishop why he would do that for an evil man like him, and the bishop says to him, “Any man who was created good by God cannot be turned completely evil by man.” and he hands him the candlesticks and lets him go. Later on, ValJean has a chance to kill Javert, but instead he lets him go and forgives him of all he did to him. Finally, at the end of the play, Javert lets Jean go free, even though Javert said that there was no God, only a right and wrong, and that Jean deserved to be punished for his wrong.  Ia man who had not even an inkling of a belief in God, a man who hunted down another for all his life, but then showed him compassion and gentleness, than shouldn’t we all be able to? These three major instances of gentleness should give us all hope for each other.

Being gentle is much more than just handling an object with care, it is showing love, respect, and understanding for our fellow man. Can you do that, for God?


Fruits of the Spirit: Love

What is love? Love is unconditional, strong, and impossible to stop. Sometimes loving somebody is hard. For example, I love my little cousin, Chase. But sometimes he gets so annoying I want to throw him to China! However these annoyances are only to get my attention because I know he loves me too. This is called Hesed. Hesed is the strongest, most unbreakable, unconditional love in the universe. Love is beautiful and nothing can mar this beauty. Love is not to be taken lightly, however. It is a tool for both good and evil. The devil tries to make us love all of the bad things in the world which will turn us into evil people. God combats this by giving us good things to love which brings us closer towards him and away from Satan. 

People who love people, doing nice things, being kind, going to church, and trying to boost people’s spirits have allowed God to take control of their lives and are walking side by side with him.

Just remember, the more of these things you do, God will love you more, you will love people more, and people will love you back. Love is mutual.

Fruits of the Spirit: Kindness

SO, has everybody been doing these projects I’ve been asking you to do lately? I have, but let me tell you, not fast forwarding was SOOO hard to stop (in my opinion). Now, as you can hopefully judge from the title of today’s blog, I am writing to you about kindness.

How many of us like to think we are nice people? All of us, right? Now, if we were to look beneath the surface of our own ideas about ourselves and see how we actually act, most of us would be appalled. Despite this, however, we still expect people to like us and to be rewarded for our actions. Take a kid I know from school for example. He calls me and my friends things I don’t think I’m allowed to write here, throws balls at us, calls us morons, shoves us, and then when he finishes bullying us he sort of smiles and starts acting like we’re the best friends in the world! I mean, does he really think I would like him after all of that?!

Now take my mother as an example. She does charity work, cleanup projects, stays up late to help me with my homework,  mows the lawn, delivers food to the neighbors, helps people find jobs, and she is NEVER mean about it. She doesn’t hurt other’s feelings or try to mess up whatever they’re working on. She always looks for the best in others, even when the rest of us don’t. That’s a kind person. So that is my project for today-merely lend a helping hand wherever you can and your life will get a little bit better and God will recognize your actions every time you do. 

You may be wondering why I am telling you this, and the reason is to show you the difference between a kind person and a not so kind person. However, I want you to think of this-just because you are kind does not guarantee us a spot in heaven. We could be one of the most thoughtful people who has ever lived, and help the community, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that what we do privately are good things. Drugs, alcohol, adultery, NOT believing in God, could infest your life and take you on a downhill journey to a bad place. And just because you are an unkind person does not necessarily mean that you aren’t going to heaven, either. Does this make it harder to make it to heaven? YES. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t make it there. It’s an uphill battle, but if you fight hard you WILL storm the castle of heaven.

Fruits of the Spirit: Forbearance

WOW it feels good to be back! I am so very sorry that I have not been posting lately like I promised, due to technical difficulties I have not been able to write lately.

Anyway, the topic of today’s post is forbearance. But some of you may ask “what is forbearance?”. It’s quite simple-forbearance  is patience. With all of our high tech gadgets today we don’t really have a sense of patience anymore. TiVo introduced us all to the wonders of not having to watch commercials, our iPhones let us control the appliances in our homes, and our new cars drive really fast-so fast that we assume everybody else should be going the same speed. When the other cars slow down in front of us, or our computers slow down or we have to watch commercials (I mean, can you remember the last time you Actually had to wait a few seconds for a webpage to load? IT IS TORTURE) we tend to get frustrated. But the question is why? Not too long ago the top speed of a car was 20 miles per hour, we had to drive on dirt roads, we had NO television, and there were no computers to stall on us.

Now go even farther back-to Jesus’ time period. People walked everywhere, to carry something heavy across town we would have loaded it into a cart pulled by oxen, and kids played with tiny handmade clay dolls. Jesus himself had to have a lot of forbearance. I mean, really, wouldn’t you get the tiniest bit mad if almost EVERYONE was out to get you?? I know I would! But the thing about patience is that most of us have to work on it. A LOT. That feeling you get when that car slows down in front of you is pointless. When has getting mad or complaining about something ever helped? And who are we, mere humans that are only breathing because God allows us to, are only walking because God allows us to, to feel impatient about anything? What makes us so important that we get mad about being late to a meeting or a practice? We are no better than that person who slowed us down, no matter their age, their race, or their height. Every time we think that our needs are more important than someone else’s are moments of pride. Pride is a sin, one that is put in our hearts by the devil. Fight it, because patience is God’s way of reminding us that we’re only human.

My project for this post is simple. Every time somebody cuts you off in a car, or makes you late to a meeting, or cuts in front of you in line, quell your pride and actually thank God for bringing you down to earth. What are we in such a hurry for? Also, watch the commercials on the TV. Don’t change the channel or fast forward, just sit there and maybe talk to whoever you’re with, or just think. You’ll get used to it.

Fruits of the Spirit

In exactly three days from now (that would be Thursday) I will indulge all of my readers out there with information on The Fruits of the Spirit. No, I don’t mean apples and  kiwis, I mean the virtues of  love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I will make one post each day, one fruit every day- that means nine days of posts.During those nine days I will put a post about each fruit, and give a project for each day. You will get more information in the first fruits of the spirit post.

Until then, I will be posting new messages as often as possible. Come back to the blog whenever you can, because I never know when God will send some inspiration my way for a new post.

And as a sidenote, I’ve been seeing my daily view numbers starting to slowly decline, so please tell everyone you know about this blog! Don’t worry, I still know the point of this blog is to bring glory to God, but let’s face it, it’s nice to have people reading my messages. 🙂