|Exquisite handiwork of God!|
This past weekend I went to a Christian homeschool conference. The keynote speaker* led several sessions, and in his last one "Standing on the Promise," he gave a totally new (to me) spin on the Fruit of the Spirit. I want to share this with everyone I know!
The speaker* mentioned that there were NO punctuation marks in ancient Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament)--which I already knew. But I'd never given thought to the placement of commas and colons that much before. He took Galatians 5, verses 22 & 23 which Christians refer to as The Fruit of the Spirit. He wondered if we keep in mind the fact that Fruit is singular, then the fruit of the Spirit would be "love"---and the remaining list of attributes would be various FACETS of love when it is mixed with the Spirit. So like this:
The fruit of the Spirit is love: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.He then took Love and added the definition which would lead to the next facet/attribute like this:
- Love + emotion = joy
- Love + confidence = peace
- Love + time = patience
- Love + action = kindness (visible)
- Love + character = goodness
- Love + commitment = faithfulness
- Love + sensitivity = gentleness
- Love + discipline = self-control
|Wait for it! Patience!! Spring is arriving . . .|
The Holy Spirit is impeccable in the way He ordered these things. Another passage in Scripture tells us
"All Scripture is God-breathed
and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting
and training in righteousness,
so that the man (or woman!) of God may be
thoroughly equipped for every good work."
(2 Timothy 3:16 & 17)
When we take the time to read carefully, and peel back the layers, there is ALWAYS something there for us. Every time!
*NOTE: Bernie Beall of "Great Commission Ministries" in Maryland