Fruit of the SpiritNew Every Morning | January 3, 2020
JESUS’ LIFE DEMONSTRATED what writers would later call the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (See Galatians 5:22-23.) As we continue to open ourselves to God’s grace, those gifts will flourish within us. That occurs when we place Christ the cornerstone at the center of our discipleship. Practicing the way of discipleship and demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit give way to action in, around, and throughout the world.
—George H. Donigian, In Days to Come: From Advent to Epiphany (Upper Room Books, 2017)
How has the fruit of the Spirit led you to action?
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
—Galatians 5:22-23 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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I finally have a tablet back! My other one refused to turn on suddenly.
I DO NOT like the new format. I do not understand why the change was made as it does not seem to improve anything and in fact is more difficult. How can we see previous posts? I hope those who have not been posting are not being thwarted by not knowing how to access the comments as it is not readily obvious.
The fruit of the Spirit moves to be a kinder, gentler person and to show love to everyone. The Bible states that we are all His children and made in His image and I try to remember that. It also nudges me to find ways to use the skilss etc that He gave to benefit others.
Prayers for Robert and his nudges, may they all be recieved well.
Prayers for Rick and his many good works.
Prayers for Andrea, may her back pain be relieved.
Prayers for Lou and her concern for her children’s relationship with their father.
Prayers for Jill, may she be refreshed from her sojourn to the beach.
Prayers for Mary and may her mission trip be successful.
Prayers for Marcy, may her aid be reinstated swiftly.
Is there a way to enlarge the comment font??
Prayers and thank you UR
I have found that when I open the Upperroom and click on ,or touch the gray box it opens the entire app and allows me to see comment section . Which is small and harder on my iPhone to see.. but I hope it becomes easier as they fix the glitches.
I agree with Julie I’m not sure why they changed this format. As well as previous comments…
How has the fruit of the Spirit led me to action? For me it has been by practicing these principles in every aspect of my life. It didn’t happen overnight. It inspired me to do more even when I don’t want to. I have found its in the giving of my prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness that that I am fulfilled.
Blessings Julie, it is good to see your post, I pray all is well with you. Continued prayers to all and the UR visitors.
Yes. Julie and Rick. I agree with your comments on the new format. One day 1 it was easy to post as the spot was clearly marked. Days 2 and 3, you have to look around and remember Rick’s guidance to click the gray area at the top of the reflection. The only change I do like is the name.
AMEN to Julie’s prayers, so glad you have a tablet that works.
OMINOUS NEWS about the future of the UMC. Sure wish the issues that divide could be resolved. That’s my eternal hope. Glad that there will be a UMC that is all inclusive , marries LGBT members, and ordains them. God is love. Love created us and the world we live in. Nothing separates us from the love of God.
Progress is being made. Erich isn’t “there” yet, but he surely is working at it. Hope is eternal as well.
Thank You, Lord, for Your ever presence, guidance, support, mercy, grace, and LOVE.