Are you easily controlled by your circumstances? Then I have good news for you. Things that happen in our lives are not always fun or pleasant, but there is a way to change how we respond.
We have three incredible resources–time spent in the presence of the Lord, our Bible and the counsel of the Holy Spirit. Making good use of these changes our perspective in nine ways as we develop the gift of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23.
- Love–Freely we have received God’s love and freely we should give love to others.
- Joy–A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Proverbs 17:22).
- Peace–The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
- Patience–Be patient with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2).
- Kindness–Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12).
- Goodness–Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act (Proverbs 3:27).
- Gentleness–Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near (Philippians 4:5).
- Faithfulness–Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other (Psalm 85:10).
- Self-Control–Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city (Proverbs 16:32).
THINK ABOUT IT
I don’t always wake up with joy, but when I open my devotional guide, my heart begins to say, “I love you Jesus.” As I linger in God’s presence, my composure changes and the day has a beautiful beginning. However, things happen during the day, sometimes hurtful or frustrating things, and I have to pray for an attitude adjustment. God is faithful. His mercies are new every day.
PRAY ABOUT IT
Thank you, Lord, for your love, your presence and your word. Let these change the way we respond to challenges we face each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.