Week 6 : Gentleness in a Time of Intensity
The apostle Paul wrote the verses we have been reading in Galatians because he had introduced the Galatians to Jesus and Jesus had changed their lives. Not long after a group of religious people came along and confused them by introducing the ideas of legalism (essentially that they needed to follow more rules and try harder to earn God’s favor). In chapter 5 of the book of Galatians, Paul told them the opposite: that human effort would only produce human results. Human effort actually produces the works of the flesh. If you want to know what happens when you lead your own life, read Gal 5:19-21
However, as we have spent the last several weeks discussing, we believe there is a better way. It’s a way in which the Spirit leads us to a more significant life. As a matter of fact, if you’re not a follower of Jesus & you want to know what God wants to do in your life, this is it.The Holy Spirit produces in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. Today, we are going to talk about what it means to have gentleness in a time of intensity!
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When we trust in Jesus as Savior, the New Testament describes the Holy Spirit as:
• The life of Jesus in us – Romans 8:10
• The seal that guarantees we belong to God – Ephesians 1:13
When the NT talks about His role in our lives, it says things like:
• Helper or Comforter – John 14:16
• Convicts us of sin – John 16:7
• Empowers us – Acts 1:8
• Source of wisdom & revelation – 1 Corinthians 2:10
• He gives us spiritual gifts – 1 Corinthians 12:4
• Prays for us – Romans 8:26
A prayer for this week:
If you struggle with gentleness: Holy Spirit guide my life and make me gentle.
If you’re already gentle: Holy Spirit make me honest.
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