It may be a day late, but I can promise you it’s worth the wait! Our guest blogger this month is my current roommate and longtime camp friend Megan! She’s pretty darn amazing. I hope her words touch your heart and encourage you! -Sarah
Our theme at Camp Pioneer this summer was life through the spirit. Living by the Spirit helps us to live out the fruits of the spirit, which Paul talks about in Galatians 5:22-23.
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Before talking about what the Spirit brings, Paul wants the Galatians to know that the Spirit is contrary to the flesh. Our sinful nature brings us back to the desires of our flesh, but this is not of the Spirit. The Spirit works inside us, helping us to be Christ centered and use our fruits to serve others. One fruit we use to serve others is gentleness.
The definition of gentleness is intentional mildness. This is what all of the fruits of the Spirit are about, isn’t it? Being intentional in thought and action. It is often difficult for us to be gentle in our everyday hectic, yet mundane lives. In Scripture we see so many examples in which God uses gentleness. We see God showing His people gentleness as they stray away from Him. We also see God’s gentleness when He sends His only son to die for us so that we may be free. In the beginning of Creation we see God being gentle with His new creation. He forms Adam and Eve, creating them so that they were not just good, but very good. And then they stray from God, as they eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. The guilt and fear from this causes them to stray further and hide from God. God is angry, but He is still gentle with Adam and Eve. Although He already knows what has happened, He calls to them and asks for their side. He pursues them despite their faults, and then still takes care of them by clothing them after they have run away (Genesis 3:21).
Despite the fact that we often distance ourselves from God, He is always pursuing us in His great love and gentleness. God was intentional in every one of these situation where He showed grace. We should follow this example and by being intentional to use gentleness with others in our daily lives.
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
Let the Spirit guide you to gentleness.
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