26 Apr The Fruit of the Spirit
In the Church of Corinth, believers were tearing down the ministry by abusing their spiritual gifts. They were using their gifts as an end to themselves, and not building up the Church. They had the gifts of the Spirit, but were lacking the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, etc. Spiritual gifts, no matter how exciting and wonderful, are useless and even destructive when not ministered in love. The spiritual gifts we have they are not our own. These gifts are only entrusted to us to help all God’s people. We are all entrusted with the spiritual giftings that God gave us, and we each must give an account of that their use. Spiritual gifts are tools to build with; not toys to play with; or weapons to fight with.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that you will impart wisdom into my mind and into my spirit. Help me to move in your spirit when I serve your people. Amen.