Inspiration Teaching Words of Life

Continue in God’s Love

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Being full of God’s love is the zenith of spiritual maturity! Our loving God longs for us to grow in His grace, which will take us to higher spiritual places. Through times of feeling God’s loving presence and peaceful trust, or through trying times when our faith wavers and life is hard; we can always count on our Father’s care to use these times in our lives to prune our hearts. During trying times and spiritual pruning, our loving Lord will be intimately involved to utilize the situation, to develop richer and more excellent fruit into our lives. The fruit of the Spirit that the Father longs to work into our hearts and minds are love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faith, gentleness (meekness, humility), and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  Jesus said, “When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine” (John 14:8). Then Jesus said, “Continue in the Father’s love with me”. It is only in this love that we will be able to produce fruit and continue to develop into our Father’s likeness. While God sometimes uses trials as tools in our lives, He will work constructive spiritual progress into our hearts. This will produce the power of love, contentment, joy, faith, and peace, as our spiritual man gradually grows up and overshadows our fleshly man. God has the ability to use even what Satan meant for evil, and turn it around for our good and spiritual growth. So the next time life’s circumstances feel totally out of sorts… don’t be afraid….just remember God loves us more than we can comprehend, and He is in the process of working wonderful, spiritual, qualities(His qualities) into our lives.

“Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing’ (James 1:2-4).

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