Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, December 5, 2019

Theme: THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Text: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”. – Galatians 5:22, 23.

Comment: How complete, efficient and effective a Christian will be depends on whether he has a good measure of the spirit of God or not.  One who has the spirit of God will be manifesting various Christian virtues – called the fruits of the spirit in the text for today. Such a one would love God, exercising faith in Him, obeying His word from his heart,  ‘without dissimulation’ that is, without deceit or hypocrisy. (Romans 12:9). He would also not do to his neighbor whatever he would not want done to him. (Luke 6:31). He would practice “perfect love” that casteth away fear. (1 John 4:18). He would be joyful for knowing God in Truth and would be contented with God’s provisions. He would be at peace with himself, his neighbours, seeking the interest of others and the peace of New Jerusalem, (God’s organization). (Psalm 122:6; Acts 10:38) He would be patient in going through trials and adversity while maintaining trust in God Almighty. (Romans 12:12; Luke 21:19) “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me”, prayed King David, who added. “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:10,11) As Christians, we should all be personally committed to growing in these gifts by regular prayers to God and persistence in godliness. – Job 27:3, 4.