How to Use the Gifts God Gave You:
“Do not neglect the spiritual gift that is in you.”
1 Timothy 4:14
“Give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God.”
“Fan into flame the gift God gave you ...”
2 Timothy 1:6
“ We are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us.
If our gift is to speak God's message, we should do it according to the faith that we have.”
The Fruits of the Spirit
Biblical love is a choice, not a feeling, and it expresses itself in loving ways, always seeking the well-being of others. Love is dependent on your character, not emotion and chooses to set aside one’s own preferences, desires, and sometimes even needs to put others first.
The world’s joy cannot last because it is based on temporary, physical circumstances. But the joy of the Lord is established in our spiritual, eternal circumstances. As we cling tight to Jesus, abiding daily in our relationship with Him, we will experience the fullness of joy He promised that surpasses all understanding.
The world doesn’t offer much peace, and that's because it cannot give it because it doesn’t know the One who is peace. However, for those who have the Spirit of peace within them, the peace of Christ is possible, regardless of what our circumstances look like. We can embrace the peace that Christ provides by...
1. Choosing to rejoice in God and who He is in the midst of all our circumstances
2. Bringing all your worries, fears, and concerns to God in prayer
3. Filling your mind with God’s truth.
4. Choosing to think about the things of God.
We don’t see much patience in the world today, maybe because of our fast-paced, "want-it-now" culture. But as Christians, we have everything we need to be patient because we have the Holy Spirit living in us, longing to display His character to those around us. Patient people display endurance, perseverance, and the New Testament also specifically connects patience with sharing the Gospel. God is patient as He waits for the lost to come to Him and He calls His people to be patient as we extend the offer of salvation in Christ to others.
The characteristics of kindness and goodness are closely related both painting a picture of one who not only possesses moral goodness and integrity but also generously expresses it in the way they act toward others. God demonstrated His kindness and goodness to us in our salvation through Jesus Christ and we should try to extend the same kindness to those around us.
To be “faithful” is to be reliable or trustworthy. Christian faithfulness is continued and consistent submission and obedience to the same Spirit who provides the ability for us to be faithful. This attitude is in contrast to our previous “faithfulness” to our own sinful desires and ways, and the word also describes someone willing to suffer persecution and even death for Christ’s sake.
Closely linked to humility, gentleness is grace of the soul. It is not weakness, but instead it is strength under control. For instance, in Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he wrote that the “Lord’s servant” will “correct his opponents with gentleness”
Gentleness, being the opposite of self-assertiveness and self-interest, is also a key ingredient in unity and peace within the body of Christ.
The last characteristic in Paul’s description of the fruit of the Spirit points us back to his list of the “works of the flesh” in Galatians 5:19-21. Those of us with the indwelling Holy Spirit has the strength to control our sinful desires, to say “no” to our flesh. Self-control gives us the power to say “yes” to the Spirit and foster our spiritual growth and help us grow our relationship with God, the one who provides us with a way to overcome our innate sinful desires.