Impart Grace

Impart Grace

Week 32 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Ephesians 2-6.These chapters continue Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus.

Ephesians 4:29 says not to let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but what is helpful to build others up, that it may benefit those who listen. The NKJV, instead of saying that it may benefit those who listen, says that it may impart grace to the hearers.

When we speak positively – say things that will build others up – we impart grace to them. We see past their mistakes, and their flaws, begin to see them as God sees them – valued and treasured, because they are His children.

On the other hand, when we speak negatively – say things that will tear others down – we are doing the exact opposite. We remind them of mistakes they have made. We accuse and condemn. We’re imparting the law, and using reckless words that pierce like a sword (Proverbs 12:18).

What are you imparting through your words? Let’s begin to view those around us from God’s perspective. Let’s impart grace to our hearers, and build them up, instead of tearing them down!

FRUIT of the Spirit

FRUIT of the Spirit

Week 31 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Galatians 3-6, and Ephesians 1. These chapters finish Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia, and begin his letter to the church at Ephesus.

Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruit of the Spirit as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Notice that these qualities are called the FRUIT of the Spirit, not the WORKS of the Spirit! In other words, gaining possession of these qualities isn’t something we are to do on our own. They are the natural outflowing of the Spirit of God that is inside of us. The closer we draw to Him, the more we will become like Him.

Do trees struggle and strive to produce fruit? No, they don’t. It’s just a natural part of how they function. In the same way, we aren’t to struggle and strive, trying to walk in the fruit of the Spirit by our own might. Like any fruit, it will grow naturally – as we get to know our Heavenly Father better, and allow His grace and love to transform us from the inside out!

Don’t treat the fruit of the Spirit as a list of qualities you’d love to have, but must constantly be working to try to live in. Treat it instead as fruit that you know will grow naturally in your life, because of the Spirit of God is living inside of you, and working within you!