Today’s Bible Journaling Scripture comes from 1 Peter 3:10-11, “For the one who wants to love life and to see good days, let Him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, and let him turn away from evil and do what is good.” (CSB) The King James Version says this, “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.”
As we look closer at the Fruit of the Spirit, our verse today tells us what the result is of allowing that Fruit to be manifest in our lives. Peter encourages Believers who have been scattered all over the world, in how to live holy lives. He tells us that we can love life and see good days by speaking pure words. No lies or evil-speaking are to come from our lips.
When we show forth the Fruit of the Spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23 CSB) we are showing the attributes of a life surrendered to Jesus. We are mirroring an image of Jesus to others. Following what Peter says, our speech is to be just like Jesus’, full of each of the Fruits listed above.
This can be a problem for many of us. Sometimes we can be angry, selfish, or cruel to others. But we must remember our goal is to act like Jesus and cultivate the Fruits of the Spirit. For those of us who need help, we can ask God to help us, because He is a God who gives His gifts liberally to His children when they ask.
Not only is our speech to show Jesus to others, but our actions are also to reflect the Lord Jesus Christ’s attributes to the world. Peter says we are to “turn away from evil and do what is good.” In our actions are patient, are we kind, do we show gentleness and self-control? Do we exhibit goodness and faithfulness? These are the things we are to cultivate in our lives so that we can live not only a good life but a holy life. We are to do those things that are pure and righteous in God’s sight.
The more we allow the Fruit of the Spirit to show out in our lives, the more we will be able to be a witness for the Lord. We can live pure, holy lives and we will find we are enjoying life the way God intended.
Donna Knuth Rice
I am trying a blog for the first time in my life, and frankly, I feel like I don't have a clue as to what I'm doing! But, here goes.
I work at a Christian Television network in the Correspondence Department, where I write letters and emails to our viewers, pray with them for their needs, and send materials they request.
I am a Christian. I was saved at the age of 11 during a youth meeting at my church. My pastor led me to the Lord, and to say the least, my life has been an adventure.
I am a widow. My late husband, Allen, passed away after 34 1/2 years of marriage. He had been sick the last seven years of his life, and it was a struggle, for him and for me.
We met as part of a singing group that was affiliated with a Christian Radio station, and we sang together all through our lives together. We both worked in television and radio all through our married life, mostly for Christian stations.
Besides singing I also play flute. I had the luxury of having parents who started out as music teachers...so music was in our house constantly.
Some people describe me as being a loud-mouthed lime type...can't disagree with that. I have a tendency to put my foot in my mouth more times than I can count! I also have a tendency to say exactly what's on my mind...which is why I get myself in so much trouble! LOL! Trust me, that's something me and God have been working on for a very long time.
I have no children here on earth, although I have a baby in heaven. My baby here is my dog Jack. He's a black lab/ chow mix. He's a big boy....thinks he's a lap dog!
Can't think of much else to say. The reason I started this blog is because a few months ago in church, a guest pastor came and delivered a message, and when he asked for those of us who wanted prayer to come forward, I did. When he came to me he asked me if I did any journaling. I told him no 'cause I wasn't very good at it. He told me to start, and prophesied over me that my journal thoughts would impact other people. I wasn't sure just how I was to go about doing this. In fact, I was a little hesitant at first. I started journaling at home, and our assistant pastor's wife asked me to submit something for our Senior newsletter. I didn't the first edition, but something I had heard on Christian radio a long time ago and has stuck with me all these years, came to mind so I submitted an article. That article will be my first post.
I don't claim to have all the answers, and my thoughts may seem a little "out there", but I feel God has been prodding me to do this, and so here I am.
I hope what I post will bring encouragement, and "Something to Think About".
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