Without complaint

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

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Love, and joy,
And patience;

Peace;
And kindness, too;

Beneficence;
And faithfulness;

Gentleness;
Restraint;

All these 
Can be ours –

Just follow Christ,
Without complaint.

Self-control

Think clearly and exercise self-control (1 Peter 1:13; NLT).

No one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8; NLT).

If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect (James 3:2; NLT).

A gossip goes around telling secrets (Proverbs 11:13; NLT).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1-2; NLT).

Like a city that is broken down and without wall, so is a person who cannot control his temper (Proverbs 25:28; NET).

 

Lord,
Please help me
To be aware
Of every thought,
So I can control my tongue –

Rather than gossiping,
Criticising others,
Or losing my temper.

 

 

A warning

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them (Ephesians 6:4; NLT).

“Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?” (Isaiah 49:15; NLT).

What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees! Hypocrites! You shamelessly cheat widows out of their property (Matthew 23:14; NLT).

“Yes,” said Jesus, “what sorrow also awaits you experts in religious law! For you crush people with unbearable religious demands, and you never lift a finger to ease the burden” (Luke 11:46 NLT).


Without wisdom and self-control,
Power can easily tempt us
To abuse those weaker than ourselves.

Parents, partners,
Teachers,
Religious leaders,

Lawyers, managers,
Police, and politicians,
Everyone – BEWARE!

God

Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

But the Holy Sprit produces this kind of fruit on our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NLT).

For the LORD is your life (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).


Lord,
You are truly righteous
And holy.

You are love,
Joy,
And peace;

Patience,
Kindness,
And goodness;

Faithfulness,
Gentleness,
And self-control.

Please help me
To become like you –
For you are my life.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Kingdom

Kingdom 

May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit (Matthew 21:43; NLT).

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17; NLT).

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22; NLT).


Father,
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.

I pray for peace in every nation,
Self-control in every leader,
Goodness in every person;

Faithfulness in every partnership,
Kindness in every family,
Gentleness in every parent;

Patience in every mind,
Joy in every heart,
And love in every soul.

I ask this in the name of  your dear Son,
Amen.