We continued our worship series, “The Glory of a Resurrected Church.” Galatians 5:22-23 is one of the classical biblical texts on the essence of love. These fruits of the Spirit are different expressions of the essential nature of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love: but is expressed through 8 qualities - joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. What is your love quotient? Come and explore the development of the fruit of love in your life!
Sermon Theme: “The Fruit of Patience: Enduring Love”
Scripture: James 5:7-12
Overview: The fruit of the Spirit is Love: and expressed through patience. Patience must not be confused with fatalism. Rather, it is a perseverance that combines determination with mercy. If patience is a current weakness, you tend to expect results too quickly, which negatively affects both your relationship with yourself and with others. You will mature in love as you learn to give yourself and others time to grow naturally, including making mistakes and learning from them.
Exercises in Patience: Wear other people’s glasses
Perhaps the most important principle of love is to see the world through other people’s eyes. Why do they act the way they do? What influences have caused them to be the way they are? What are their fears, their dreams, their longings? Ask these questions with people you find difficult to relate to. Then ask yourself the same questions. Do you recognize similar qualities in you?
1) Living with Yourself: If I had to live with someone who was exactly like me, what would I want to change in that person?
2) I am You: Put yourself in the place of someone whose beliefs and opinions are hard to accept. Recall a particular past encounter with this person. Try to understand what their words meant to them.
3) Empathetic Conversation: Make an effort to get into a real conversation with this person about their beliefs and opinions. Only ask questions that will enable them to make their positions clearer. Don’t argue. Try to put yourself and your feelings in the other person’s shoes for the duration of the conversation. Use this dialogue to know them better.