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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – KINDNESS #5

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Kindness #5

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Faith of a Gentile Woman

In Matthew 15:21-28 NLT says, “21 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Gentile woman who lived there came to Him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.” 23 But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then His disciples urged Him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.” 24 Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep – the people of Israel.” 25 But she came and worshiped Him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!” 26 Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their master’s table.” 28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.”

Let’s meditate and learn about this Gentile woman. Apparently, a woman had heard about our Lord Jesus Christ’s miracle-working power and how He could cast out demons, so she wasn’t going to miss a chance to see Him. The woman called Jesus Lord, Son of David, showing her acceptance of our Lord Jesus Christ’s identity as the Jewish Messiah. She may have been a Greek proselyte. Sometimes Gentiles would convert to Judaism, attracted by its strong moral qualities. This woman came to our Lord Jesus Christ on behalf of her daughter, who was tormented by a demon.

The woman continued to follow after them, and she continued to shout. Finally, the disciples urged our Lord Jesus Christ to tell her to leave. Our Lord Jesus Christ, always compassionate, would heal the woman’s daughter, but not just to make her stop following them. He had a lesson about faith that He needed to teach this woman. In so doing, He would teach the disciples a lesson as well.

Our Lord Jesus Christ’s words do not contradict the truth that God’s message is for all kinds of people (Psalm 22:27; Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 28:19; Romans 15:9-12). After all, when our Lord Jesus Christ said, “I was sent only to help the people of Israel . . . not the Gentiles,” He was in Gentile territory. He ministered to Gentiles on many other occasions (Matthew 4:24-25; 8:5-13).

Our Lord Jesus Christ was simply telling the woman that Jews were to have the first opportunity to accept Him as the Messiah because God wanted them to present the message of salvation to the rest of the world (see Genesis 12:3). While on earth, our Lord Jesus Christ restricted His mission to the people of Israel. He was doing His Father’s will (Matthew 11:27) and fulfilling the promise God made to Jews in the Old Testament. The restricted mission of our Lord Jesus Christ and the disciples echoes the principle recorded in Matthew 10:5-6.

Undaunted by our Lord Jesus Christ’s apparent unwillingness to respond to her request, the woman came and worshiped Him, pleading for help. Our Lord Jesus Christ’s answer comes in the language of a parable; therefore, we must not press the details too far. The simple parable meant that the children at the table should be fed before the pets; it would not be right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.

By these words, our Lord Jesus Christ may have meant that His first priority was to spend time feeding His children (teaching His disciples), not to take food away from them and throw it to the pets (just anyone). Our Lord Jesus Christ was not insulting the woman; instead, He was saying that she must not demand what God had ordained for the Jews. She should wait until God’s appointed time – when the Gentiles would receive the Good News of the Gospel.

This Gentile woman understood our Lord Jesus Christ’s parable. Her answer was wise, for she explained to our Lord Jesus Christ, by extending His parable, that children often drop morsels of food to their dogs. Not all the Jews accepted our Lord Jesus Christ, while some Gentiles chose to follow Him. Why couldn’t she have some of those crumbs that the Jews didn’t want? She adroitly or quickly and skillfully pointed out that even dogs ate with (not after) the children. She did not ask for the entire meal; she was perfectly willing to take second place behind the Jews. All she wanted right then was a few crumbs – or one “crumb” in particular – one miracle of healing for her daughter.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was delighted by the faith of the woman. He granted her request because of her humility and persistence. She had made her request in faith that our Lord Jesus Christ could perform the healing. She understood our Lord Jesus Christ’s lordship, and she understood the priorities of His mission. No wonder our Lord Jesus Christ exclaimed, “Your faith is great.” On that basis, our Lord Jesus Christ healed the woman’s daughter.

Our Lord Jesus Christ did not consider the woman inferior just because she was a Gentile, although that was the way most Jews of our Lord Jesus Christ’s day thought of Gentiles. Prejudice blocks the way of those who would like to practice the Golden Rule. There was an old Jewish prayer that said, “God, I thank thee that I am neither a Gentile, a dog, nor a woman.” Obviously, this prayer was not popular with dogs, Gentiles, or women.

In this passage, our Lord Jesus Christ reminds this Canaanite woman that He is a “Jewish Messiah” sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” It isn’t right,” said our Lord Jesus Christ, “to take the doctrinal bread of authentic, theological Judaism and give it to the dogs (non-Jewish people.” “Yes,” said the woman, “but even dogs are welcome to eat the crumbs that fall from the table.” Impressed by the woman’s faith, our Lord Jesus Christ healed her daughter.            

Kindness is listening to the hurting even if they are not our kind, or even if they don’t adhere to our true religion (Christianity – a way of life of relationship). Kindness is applying the Golden Rule to all – even those beyond our sociological or ethnic circle. “Do to others what you would have them to do to you” (Matthew 7:12) is the key to a majestic kindness that changes the world. Amen!

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THE APPROACH TO GRACE IS KINDNESS

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Topic: Fruit of the Holy Spirit & God’s Promises for All Our every Needs

Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples,

Pastor Elias Aguilar Busuego Jr PhD DTM

Founding Pastor – Home Fellowship Churches – https://homefellowshipchurches.org

The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – KINDNESS #4

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Kindness #4

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

David to Abigail – Blessed be the Lord God of Israel

In 1 Samuel 25:32-34 NLT says, “32 David replied to Abigail, “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you to meet me today! 33 Thank God for your good sense! Bless you for keeping me from murder and from carrying out vengeance with my own hands. 34 For I swear by the Lord, the God of Israel, who has kept me from hurting you, that if you had not hurried out to meet me, not one of Nabal’s men would still be alive tomorrow morning.”

One of the unique characteristics of the Hebrew faith was the conviction that God was at work in the common events of life as well as the extraordinary. David, as he shows here, had a remarkable, built-in faith in the living, acting God. Insulted and angered by Nabal, he had been on the eve of perpetrating a crime. Abigail’s timely speech has changed his mind, bringing him to his senses.

David blesses Abigail for her good judgment and for keeping him from bloodshed when he was in a mood for self-willed vengeance. Kindness is a virtue that sometimes arrives only after we have enjoyed being as mad as we really wanted to be for as long as wanted to be.

Abigail reminded David that vengefully killing our enemies is not a measure of the kindness of God. Martin Luther wrote that Jesus’ kindness is but God’s approach to grace and that we would do well to emulate our Lord Jesus Christ’s kindness.

Our Lord Jesus Christ gives us faith with all its benefits, and we are to give our neighbor love with all its benefits. We may ask then what are the good works that we should do for our neighbor. They have no name. Just as the good works, which our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us, have no name, they have no name for this reason, lest they be divided and this done and that left undone. Rather, we must give ourselves to our neighbor utterly, just as Christ did not confine Himself to prayer and fasting for us …

So, this is not our good work, that we should give alms or pray, but rather that we should give ourselves entirely to our neighbor, as he/she needs and as we can, with alms, prayer, fasting, counsel, comfort, teaching, appeal, reproof, pardon, clothes, food, and also suffering and death on his/her behalf. But tell me, where in all Christendom are such works?

Luther was asking where kindness exists in our world. It is noticeably infrequent. Where are the “Abigails” who stay our hands and tempers and beg us to be kind to our enemies? Wouldn’t such kindness make a place for God’s grace in a world that is looking to be loved and finding very few lovers? Yes! Amen!

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KINDNESS IS ANGER WASHED BY GRACE

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – KINDNESS #3

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Kindness #3

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

Be Ye Angry, and Sin Not

In Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT says, “26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”

Another characteristic of the old nature that has to be put off is bad temper, or a lifestyle characterized by anger. The words, don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you, are quoted from Psalm 4:4. The Bible doesn’t tell us that we shouldn’t feel angry, but it points out that it is important to handle our anger properly. We must not indulge our angry feelings or let them lead to pride, hatred, or self-righteousness. Our Lord Jesus Christ became angry at the merchants in the Temple, but this was righteous anger and did not lead Him to sin. B

orn-Again Christian believers must follow our Lord Jesus Christ’s example. We ought to reserve our anger for when we see God dishonored or people wronged. If we get angry, we must do so without sinning. To do this, we should deal with our anger before the sun goes down. According to Deuteronomy, sunset was the time by which wrongs against God and against others should be made right (Deuteronomy 24:13, 15). Anger that is allowed to smolder and burn over time can eventually burst into flame and give a mighty foothold to the Devil, causing people to sin as they become bitter and resentful. It is so much better to deal with the situation immediately; perhaps the previous admonition to lovingly speak the truth can solve the problem.

Kindness is the hallmark of God’s control of our lives. People who have submitted themselves to God’s control exhibit this grace. What is the evidence of kindness in life? Kind people are interruptible. They can stop what they are doing and care for others. Our Lord Jesus Christ biography appears sometimes a haphazard or all over the place hodgepodge, mixture, or assortment of good deeds. Why is this so when He came to establish the kingdom of God? Because our Lord Jesus Christ’s compassion allowed Him to be interrupted by the needs of others, His great heart of kindness could not pass by anyone’s call for help. So, He establishes the kingdom, but never by being unkind to the needy that thronged about Him throughout His ministry.

The world is looking for kindness. When people see our lives of openness and accessibility, then God opens a door for us to minister to them. In fact, kindness paves the way for our service. Kindness brings God close to those who need Him. Amen!

Even when we prepare our hearts in advance like we discussed before in our Bible Studies, there will be times when we reach the end of the day and we just can’t shake how hurt we are.

In the past, this is when I would turn to and, unfortunately, misuse Ephesians 4:26-27. It was so convenient to pull that passage out when someone wanted to go to bed and I still wanted to talk about whatever was causing a conflict.

Oh no, you can’t call timeout right now. We have to keep talking because the Bible clearly says, ‘do not let the sun go down on your anger.'”

But I noticed recently the first three (3) words say, “in your anger.” So, it isn’t about resolving al relational issues before 9:00 pm. It’s talking about our anger, not our frustration.

It’s like the writer of Ephesians, Paul, is saying, “You’ve got to deal with this anger. Don’t lay in your bed and let it consume your mind. If it does, it will come out of your mouth and reveal who or what is mastering you.”

When I looked for the very first time “anger” is mentioned in the Bible, I found myself in Genesis 4:2-8 where we encounter the first relational conflict in Scripture in the story of Cain and Abel.

I’ve known the story of these two brothers for years, but I missed a really important detail. In between Cain getting angry about God not accepting his offering and killing his brother, the Lord came and talked with him. The Lord Himself, said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:6-7)

And suddenly, it’s not so much a story about Cain and Abel; God is speaking to me. He’s showing me that what I let consume my mind, makes it way out through my mouth, revealing the real source of what’s driving my decisions.

Here’s where we see this in the story of Cain and Abel:

  • Mind: Cain refused to humble himself and allowed this anger to fester inside him.
  • Mouth: Cain was not willing to let forgiveness spill from his lips.
  • What ruled him: The sin that was crouching at his door deeply ruled over him, so much that he killed his brother. He gave his feelings the right to dictate his actions, even after God came and talked with him.

What a powerful reminder to not let anger and frustration run rampart through our thoughts. It’s not worthy to lose our energy through anger and/or bad temper. We need energy and good health.

It’s hard when the hurt is so fresh or the frustration is so ongoing. But isn’t God so gracious that He gives us these verses in Ephesians and ties this lesson to something we get to see every night? As the sun is going down, we can remember it’s time to pause and let God tend to any strong or potentially damaging reactions to hurts that could consume us.

You all can pray after me, “Father God, we need Your forgiveness to flow to us and through us right now so Your Holy Spirit can work in us and sweep our heart clean.” This doesn’t make light of or deny our hurt; it puts it in the hands of God so He can help us better process it. Amen!

We may response in these ways by answering these questions:

  • While most people would never go as far as Cain did, what could be some of the devastating outcomes of refusing to allow God to address our feelings of anger and unforgiveness?
  • What are some healthy ways we can process the strong emotions that get stirred up when we’re hurt?

I suggest and recommend to look for the answers in the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand His Words. Amen!

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KINDNESS IN THE TIME OF NEED

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – KINDNESS #2

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Kindness #2

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

Rahab Protects the Spies

In Joshua 2:8-14 NLT says, “8 Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. 9 “I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. 10 For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. 11 No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. 12 “Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that 13 when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.” 14 “We offer our own lives as a guarantee for your safety,” the men agreed. “If you don’t betray us, we will keep our promise and be kind to you when the Lord gives us the land.”

The spies were sent out secretly, perhaps because of what the public report by the spies sent out by Moses had brought about (Numbers 13–14). Rahab’s confession acknowledged that God had given Israel the land. She requested a blessing that reflected belief in what God had said in Genesis 12:3, that is, that He would bless those who blessed Abraham’s line. The report that the hearts of the Canaanites had melted (Joshua 2:11, 24) continued the response to God’s defeat of kings Sihon and Og in Numbers 21:21-35.

Attempts have been made since early times to represent Rahab as merely an innkeeper, but the Hebrew word confirms that she was a prostitute. Her house would have been a good place to spend the night unnoticed. Situated on the wall (Joshua 2:15), it allowed for the possibility, if necessary, of a secret escape by the spies.


But if God already had promised victory, why did Joshua choose to spy out the land? Joshua obviously discerned the need to exercise his human responsibility, understanding his part in accomplishing God’s promised victory.

But whatever was Joshua’s specific reason, the point of the story lies in Rahab’s confession of God’s great power as well as His mercy. That confession earned Rahab a place in Scripture as one of the great people of faith (Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31). Rahab lied to protect the Israelite spies. Many have sought to justify her actions based on the situation, but that is unnecessary. What the New Testament commends here is her faith (Hebrews 11:31), not the lie that she told. God could have protected the spies even if she had told the truth. Rahab’s confession was much like that made earlier by Moses (Deuteronomy 4:39).

Here is the fascinating tale of a kind prostitute. She hid the Israelite spies and lied to the government officials to protect them. We need not investigate Rahab’s integrity. She could tell the worst of lies for the best of reasons. But this passage describes Rahab with the word kind, and her integrity (or lack of it) was usable to God. Kindness in a time of need may have been Rahab’s motto. Notice that she has several strikes against her as an expected source of kindness. She is a prostitute, a Gentile, and … yes, a liar. Yet hidden beneath her faults was a woman capable of kindness.

The story of Rahab reminds us that we need not be perfect to be used by God, but we do have to be willing to take a chance in doing God’s will. Rahab risked her life in defying the authorities of her city and hiding the spies. Rahab did the right thing and showed kindness. Will we demonstrate the same kind of desire to help others no matter what the cost to us? Amen!

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KINDNESS AS THE WORLD WAY OF THINKING

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – KINDNESS #1

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Kindness #1

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

A Call to Repentance and Seek the Lord

In Amos 5:11-13 NLT says, “11 You trample the poor, stealing their grain through taxes and unfair rent. Therefore, though you build beautiful stone houses, you will never live in them. Though you plant lush vineyards, you will never drink wine from them. 12 For I know the vast number of your sins and the depth of your rebellions. You oppress good people by taking bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts. 13 So those who are smart keep their mouths shut, for it is an evil time.”

Amos’s closing sermon called the nation to repentance and restated the outcome of the nation’s moral and religious apostasy. The emphasis was a call to seek the Lord {Amos 5:4, 6, 14). The past tense (“Fallen,” Amos 5:2) indicates that the fall of Israel was so certain that it could be viewed as already having taken place. In Amos 5:4-17 Amos called the people to repentance with the words “seek God and live” (Amos 5:4, 6, 14). Speaking out against injustice may not have been in his best interests, but Amos considered it necessary (Amos 5:13).

Rich landowners often leased their land to poor farmers for a share of the crop. The rich landowners may have been demanding more wheat than was fair from their sharecroppers (Wolff). Or perhaps the rich were exploiting the poor by other unfair business practices to increase their own wealth (cf. Amos 8:5, 6). However, they would never enjoy the wealth they were accumulating. built houses . . . not dwell in them . . . vineyards . . . not drink wine of them – Moses had told them of such curses many years before (Deuteronomy 28:30, 39).

Since God by His very nature hates bribery and injustice (Deuteronomy 10:17), He expects the same from officials who are chosen to uphold the law. turn aside the poor in the gate – They refuse justice to the poor (Isaiah 29:21).

Due to the corruption, the prudent will not bring his case before the justices, fearing an even greater injustice will result (McComiskey). Ultimately, the wise would realize that the days were evil (Ephesians 5:16), and would wait for God’s deliverance in silence and submission (Psalm 39:3).

Amos tells us the story of kindness by showing us what unkindness is. Listen to the brutality of the unkind. The unkind in Amos’ day built stone mansions, elaborately landscaped with lush vineyards. Yet, they continued to take from the poor. The problem with wealth is that sometimes the wealthy suppose that everyone else’s lifestyles are just like theirs. Nothing keeps people from feeling the hurt of the hurting like the magnification of their own comfort. I think about North Korea and you can Google it or Bing it and you’ll see.

Despite our own comfortable existence, we can become overwhelmed with the needs of the world. We wonder how one person can make any difference. We find we have little time to spare for the poor on the other side of the world, let alone those on the street corners of our cities. Kindness is our willingness to care about others who may not have our standard of living and may even live one comfortable ocean-moat away from our luxurious lifestyles. But the bottom line is that God expects our compassion. God desires our kindness to spread His healing to others. Amen!

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PATIENCE #6

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

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The Prophecy of Simeon

In Luke 2:25-32 NLT says, “25 At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26 and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So, when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28 Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, 29 “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. 30 I have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared for all people. 32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and He is the glory of your people Israel!”

Luke introduced another person who would be divinely told of the Messiah’s arrival and who would confirm the baby’s identity. Simeon was spiritually in tune with God: righteous, devout, expecting the Messiah to come. He had all his life held on to God’s promise of a coming deliverer, so through the Holy Spirit, God promised that Simeon would not die before seeing the Lord’s Messiah.

When Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the Temple to present Him to the Lord (Luke 2:22), Simeon was there – having been led by the Spirit to be at the Temple on that particular day. God was ordaining this meeting, in keeping with His promise to Simeon (Luke 2:26).


Mary and Joseph arrived in the Temple to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required. This obedience to the Old Testament law is mentioned several times in Luke. It points out Jesus’ credentials as one who obeyed the law, even from birth, because His parents did exactly as they were commanded. At the Temple, Mary and Joseph met an old man who took the baby Jesus in his arms and praised God. The Spirit led Simeon to recognize this baby as the Savior. Simeon’s song is often called the “Nunc Dimittis,” the first words of its Latin translation. Simeon praised God that He had done what He promised. Luke, writing to Gentiles, pointed out that from the very beginning God’s plan was to offer salvation to all people – Gentiles as well as to Jews.

Simeon sings, “My eyes have seen your salvation.” In this statement is the realized product of patience. God has many things to show us when the time is right. Until then, the wait itself is wonderful. Amen!

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The Slowly Acquired Virtue Is PATIENCE

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PATIENCE #5

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

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Desire For Restoration

In Nehemiah 9:29-31 NLT says, “29 “You warned them to return to your Law, but they became proud and obstinate and disobeyed your commands. They did not follow your regulations, by which people will find life if only they obey. They stubbornly turned their backs on you and refused to listen. 30 In your love, you were patient with them for many years. You sent your Spirit, who warned them through the prophets. But still, they wouldn’t listen! So once again you allowed the peoples of the land to conquer them. 31 But in your great mercy, you did not destroy them completely or abandon them forever. What a gracious and merciful God you are!”

After the Festival of Shelters, the people gathered to hear the Word of the Lord, confess their sins, and commit themselves to keeping the stipulations of the covenant. The prayer of Nehemiah 9:4-37 could well be used to trace Israel’s religious history. It covers the covenants with Abraham and Moses, national rebellion, God’s compassion, the period of the Judges, the Exile and the captivity, and the present state of the returned nation. Wearing “sackcloth” (Nehemiah 9:1) was a common expression of grief and sadness. God used the Holy Spirit to communicate His revelation to the prophets (Nehemiah 9:30; cf. 2 Pet. 1:21).


Nehemiah recorded the names of the civic and religious leaders who signed the covenant renewal document (Nehemiah 10). Mosaic legislation required the payment of one-fifth of an ounce of silver (Exodus 30:11-16), but Nehemiah apparently reduced it in light of economic conditions (Nehemiah 10:32). The obligations agreed upon (Nehemiah 10:29-39) may be summarized in their final words: “We promise together not to neglect the Temple of our God” (Nehemiah 10:39).

The spirit of this Nehemiah passage is echoed in 2 Peter 3:8-9: “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

To our frenzied, earth bound view, God may appear slow in keeping His second-coming promises. Yet it is not so, said Peter. God is not slow; He just works from a different timetable than we do. He is deliberate in extending the day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again so that as many people as possible may be saved.

Patience is not a flaw in God; it is the glory of God. If God can extend His all-important, worldwide agenda by pacing Himself so as to save all, perhaps the practice of patience would do us all good. Amen!

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PATIENCE #4

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

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Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor

In Matthew 18:21 – 35 NLT says, “21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! 23 “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. 24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. 25 He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold – along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned – to pay the debt. 26 “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ 27 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. 28 “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. 29 “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. 30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. 31 “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. 32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.
35 “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

Peter asked our Lord Jesus Christ a question commonly discussed in rabbinic debates. The common answer was that it was considered sufficient to forgive three times. Peter may have chosen the number seven not only to indicate generosity, but also because the number seven is commonly used in the Bible to communicate completeness.

Our Lord Jesus Christ’s answer did not mean His followers ought to keep count up to seventy times seven; rather, this statement means not to keep track of numbers at all. There ought to be no limit to a believer’s willingness to forgive another believer (within the confines of the steps set out above in helping to restore straying believers, Matthew 18:15-20). All believers ought to willingly forgive, for all believers have already been forgiven far beyond their comprehension, as the following parable shows.

This parable is recorded only in Matthew and illustrates the need for unlimited forgiveness in the body of Christ. A king decided that he wanted to go over the books with his accountant. This first man found himself in debt for a huge sum of money.

The man couldn’t pay the king the millions that he owed, so the king ordered that he, his family, and his possessions be sold to pay the debt. The sale of family as well as possessions to pay debts was common in ancient times.

The man humbly fell down before the king and begged for patience. The merciful king was filled with pity, released him and forgave his debt. This highly unlikely turn of events would have surprised our Lord Jesus Christ’s listeners. What an incredible load must have been taken from his shoulders! Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end here.

The king had forgiven a debt of millions of dollars and had let his servant go free. But when that servant left, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. The thousands he was owed was a significant amount, but compared to the millions, it was extremely small. The fellow servant also begged for patience but was refused, arrested, and jailed until the debt could be paid.


Compared to what the first servant had been forgiven, his refusal to forgive another was appalling. Apparently other servants (other court officials) thought his behavior was appalling as well, so they went to the king and told him what had happened.

For some reason, the first servant just didn’t understand. After being forgiven millions of dollars, he threw into prison a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand. But before he continued too far on his merry way, he found himself summoned back to the king. The king, who had been so merciful, angrily reproved the servant for accepting forgiveness and then being unwilling to extend forgiveness to another. The servant should have had mercy on his fellow servant.

The king was so angry that he sent the man to prison. Because this man would not forgive another, the king decided not to forgive his debt either. Instead, the man would be imprisoned until he had paid every penny. This man effectively received a life sentence.

The king in the parable represents the heavenly Father and pictures his role as judge. In the context of interchurch discipline, the parable could underscore the corporate responsibility of the church to deal righteously with erring members. This includes harsh judgment on those who hurt the fellowship by refusing to forgive one another. But because God has forgiven all our sins, we should not withhold forgiveness from others. Realizing how completely our Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven us should produce a free and generous attitude of forgiveness toward others. When we don’t forgive others, we are saying that we appreciate God’s love and forgiveness but that we’re unwilling to give it to anyone else.

Elias more often offended Christie. Elias says, “I’m sorry, Christie, will you forgive me?” “Certainly, Elias. It was nothing; forget it,” says Christie. Then Elias does the same offensive thing again. “I’m sorry, Christie, will you forgive me?” “Certainly, Elias, but try not to do it again.” Then Elias does the same offensive thing again. “I’m sorry, Christie, will you forgive me?” “Uh … let me think about it, and I’ll get back to you.”

Meanwhile, Christie, who wishes Elias would get hold his moral inconsistencies, also sins. It’s the same sin she regularly commits against God, and she goes before the Lord and says, “Oh, God, I know I’ve begged your forgiveness a thousand times for this same sin, but will you forgive me once more?” And Christie is surprised to hear God’s answer: “I don’t know, Christie. Did you ever get back to Elias?”

How often should we forgive our loved ones and/or neighbors? One more time than they ask. Patience is an unhurried virtue. Patience waits and forgives and waits and forgives. So, let’s forget and forgive others. Amen!

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Living By God’s Timetable Is PATIENCE

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PATIENCE #3

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

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Job’s Response to Eliphaz

In Job 7:6 NLT says, “My days fly faster than a weaver’s shuttle. They end without hope.”

The rapid motion of a weaver’s beam is used to portray the quick passing of life from birth to death (Psalm 78:39; 90:5). While the nights are endured as long, the days fly by without hope and significance – a continuous blur as they shuttle by.

In his response to Eliphaz (Job 6–7), Job argued that any sin he might have committed was far outweighed by the calamity he had suffered. He said there was no need for complaint when all was going well (Job 6:5) and that food and salt go together (Job 6:6) just as trouble and wailing do.

In this passage, Job laments that his days are “swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.” They are not only brief, they’re pointless. Routine is at once our killer and our savior. To get up and do the same thing every day gives us a way to live and a reason to get up every morning. But Job’s reaction is one often made by people whose routines do not furnish them with meaning. Job had to cry out in his despair that not all the requirements of his life were providing him with much hope.

Still, the crisis itself may speak to that which is noblest. Since we cannot outrun a weaver’s shuttle, maybe we ought to focus on those values that the passing of time cannot steal. What values are timeless? What makes values valuable? Only one thing – values assigned by God never fade. The sense of the hurriedness of life belongs to us all – those who use their time well and those who don’t. But those who give their days and years to God do triumph over time. Those who focus on cultivating the values of God find that life is meaningful even in the rush of life.

Job, like all of us, must still get up, even on those hopeless days, and determine to pace our living. We must determine that the larger goals are to cultivate a heart for God, no matter what the day may bring. The habit of patience is reflective. It thinks about God and His purposes in our lives. Patience – the pacing of our affairs – says to the hurried, frantic clocks that surround us: “We can speed our day toward the grave, but we alone determine the quality of meaning those days will hold.” Amen!

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PATIENCE #2

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

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No Reception of God’s Promises

In Hebrews 11:32-40 NLT says, “32 How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 33 By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. 35 Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. 39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.”

These last examples cement the critical truth of faith: they believed in the unseen realities of promise as defined by God’s word. These believers suffered in pain, but they held fast to His word (cf. Hebrews 1:1). One reason that these Old Testament saints did not realize the fulfillment of all God had promised was that the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ had not yet taken place. The readers of this letter had something far better – the blessings of the new covenant (Hebrews 8:6-13). But believers still live with the unseen promise of Christ’s return as a challenge to their worldly and faithless tendencies.

The roll call of heroes continues. The Old Testament records the lives of many people who experienced great victories; a few are selected for mention here. None of these people were perfect; in fact, many of their sins are recorded in the Old Testament. But these were among those who believed in God:


Gideon, one of Israel’s judges, was known for conquering the Midianite army with only three hundred men who were armed with trumpets and jars (Judges 6:11–8:35).


Barak served with Deborah (another judge of Israel) in conquering the army of General Sisera from Hazor (Judges 4:4-23).


Samson, another judge, was a mighty warrior against God’s enemies, the Philistines (Judges 13–16).


Jephthah, still another judge, delivered Israel from the Ammonites (Judges 11:1-33).


David, the beloved king of Israel and a great warrior, brought peace to Israel, defeating all of his enemies.


Samuel, the last judge of Israel, was a very wise leader. He also was a prophet. Samuel, along with all the prophets, served God selflessly as they conveyed God’s words to an often-rebellious people.


These people demonstrated that faith will accomplish much:
They overthrew kingdoms. Throughout their years in the Promised Land, the Israelites had great leaders who brought victory against their enemies. People such as Joshua, all of the judges, and King David were great warriors.
They ruled with justice. Many of the judges, as well as leaders such as Nehemiah, administered justice to the people.
They received what God had promised. Some people actually did see the fulfillment of some of God’s promises, such as possession of the Promised Land.


They shut the mouths of lions. Daniel was saved from the mouths of lions (Daniel 6). This statement could also refer to Samson (Judges 14:6) or to David (1 Samuel 17:34-35). They quenched the flames. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were kept from harm in the furious flames of a fiery furnace (Daniel 3). They escaped death by the edge of the sword. Elijah (1 Kings 19:2-8) and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 36:19, 26) had this experience. Their weakness was turned to strength. Hezekiah was one who regained strength after sickness (2 Kings 20). They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. This refers to Joshua, many of Israel’s judges, King Saul, and King David.


Some even received their loved ones back again from death. The widow from Zarephath received her son back from the dead because of Elijah (1 Kings 17:17-24), and so did the Shunammite woman, through Elisha (2 Kings 4:8-37).


We, too, can experience victory through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We may have experiences similar to those of the Old Testament saints; more likely, however, our victories will be directly related to the role God wants us to play. Our lives may not include the kinds of dramatic events recorded here, but it surely includes moments where faith is tested. Give and/or words of our testimonies to those moments, publicly and honestly, and thereby encourage the faith of others.


While the above examples mention great victory – there is a victory that may not seem so. Other believers were tortured, preferring to die rather than turn from God. These faithful people experienced the blessings and endured persecution because they placed their hope in the resurrection. These people lived by faith because they knew that gaining the world and achieving this world’s success was not their objective. They waited for a better life that would begin after death. This promise of a better life encouraged them during persecution and other difficulties.

These descriptions could apply to many people who lived by faith – including some who were part of the community of the original readers of this epistle. Many Christians were persecuted and punished for their faith. They were:
Mocked – like Elisha (2 Kings 2:23-25), Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2:19; 4:1), and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 18:12).


Cut open with whips – like Jeremiah (Jeremiah 37:15).


Chained in dungeons – like Joseph (Genesis 40:15), Samson (Judges 16:21), Micaiah (1 Kings 22:26-27), Hanani (1 Chronicles 16:10), and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 37:16; 38:6).


Killed by stoning – like Zechariah (1 Chronicles 24:20-21); according to Jerome, Jeremiah was stoned at the hands of Jewish Egyptians because he denounced their idolatry.


Killed by being sawed in half – like Isaiah, presumably. Although we do not know for sure, tradition (from the apocryphal book, The Ascension of Isaiah, chapters 1–5) says that the prophet Isaiah was sawed in half at the command of King Manasseh because Isaiah had predicted the destruction of the temple. Isaiah had at first escaped and hid in the trunk of a tree while in the hill country. Manassah supposedly had the tree sawed in half with Isaiah in it.


Killed with the sword – although some prophets did escape death by the sword, others did not (see 1 Kings 19:10).
Many of God’s followers who lived before our Lord Jesus Christ and many who have lived after our Lord Jesus Christ have been persecuted. Their clothing was the skins of sheep and goats. Many faced being hungry, oppressed, and mistreated. Some had to wander and hide in the wilderness. Despite their difficult lot, the writer of Hebrews claims that they were too good for this world. These people were great men and women of faith.

All of the above people mentioned by name and those alluded to received God’s approval because of their faith. These people looked forward to a better day and salvation, but none of them received all that God had promised. Of course, they saw some of God’s promises fulfilled, but not the promises that referred to the new covenant and the promised eternal Kingdom. These people did not live to see the Kingdom arrive, but their future citizenship was secure there. Thus, they were able to endure suffering.


Hebrews 11 has been called faith’s “hall of fame.” No doubt the author surprised his readers by this conclusion: these mighty Jewish heroes did not receive God’s full reward because they died before our Lord Jesus Christ came. In God’s plan, they and the Christian believers (who were also enduring much testing) would be rewarded together.

The far better things that God has in mind refers to the new covenant. The forefathers did not receive this; rather, it is experienced by those who live after the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the one who introduced the new covenant and the new promises (see Hebrews 1:2).


There is a solidarity among believers (see Hebrews 12:23). Old and New Testament believers will receive the prize together. Not only are we one in the body of Christ with all those alive, but we are also one with all those who ever lived. One day all believers will share in the promised blessing with our Lord Jesus Christ. We will then be complete and perfect in Him.


Hebrews Chapter 12 contains clues regarding the situation of the believers to whom this letter was written. They have been encouraged not to drift away (Hebrews 2:1), but in this chapter we perceive a community weary of persecution, struggling to stay strong in an increasingly hostile environment, but weakening perhaps to the point of giving up and turning away from their faith.

What is the plan that God has prepared for us? What is the “something better”? Who can say for sure? His purpose will not be entirely consummated until our Lord Jesus Christ splits the skies and history is finished. And then we will know the end of all truth. God never lies; all that He has promised will come to be after we have waited long enough. Patience will at last expose us to glory immeasurable, for patience is the key to the final blessing of God. Amen!

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