“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” Often the church focuses on the “gifts of the Spirit” and the abilities to get tasks accomplished with giftedness and excellence over the “fruit of the Spirit” and the character and heart of God’s people. Are the gifts effective outside of the fruit? Why are we tempted in the church to favor gifts? How might this be connected to the original temptation of Adam/Eve? Let the image of Christ himself be formed in me. Amen.
“It is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil.” Peter’s instruction is to Christians living in a world in which they do not fit in. Let us always be ready to tell of Jesus Christ, the reason for our hope, but let it be with gentleness toward people and reverence for God. Are we suffering for Christ if our attitudes/behaviors are reflecting selfishness or pride rather than the character of Christ? How does this passage speak to me today? May my life reflect your character, O Jesus, my Savior.