Of the many virtues which Paul lists as being aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit, longsuffering is seldom given priority in our thinking.   Love, faith, and joy spring readily to mind but longsuffering is often relegated to a secondary status.  Yet longsuffering is an incredibly important facet of the believer’s life in Christ.  InContinue reading “Longsuffering”

Peace: With God, with Man, and with One’s Self

Shalom!  Since ancient times this Hebrew word meaning “peace” has been the customary greeting of the Jews.  Its use reflects the fundamental longing of every individual to enjoy wholeness, tranquility, and freedom from anxiety, things that are rarely to be found in our chaotic world.  Of all the blessings to be sought, shalom (peace) wasContinue reading “Peace: With God, with Man, and with One’s Self”

Joy: The Fruit of the Spirit

Many years ago I was involved in helping to plant a church in an impoverished and marginalized area of a large Central American city.  This particular barrio was known for its destitution, rampant violence, blatantly open drug-dealing, and wide-spread prostitution.  In the midst of such a bleak and depressing environment, the little church being plantedContinue reading “Joy: The Fruit of the Spirit”

Love : The Fruit of the Spirit’s First Virtue

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.                                      Galatians 5:22-23 As we begin our study of the virtues described by Paul as “the FruitContinue reading “Love : The Fruit of the Spirit’s First Virtue”