Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Gifts God Gives

"What happens when we live God's way? 
He brings gifts into our lives, 
things like affection for others, 
exuberance about life, serenity. 
We develop a willingness to stick with things, 
a sense of compassion in the heart, 
and a conviction that a basic holiness 
permeates things and people...
Faith expressed in love."  
Gal. 5 
I have to live God's way.
When I do, He promises to give me gifts.
If I lack affection, exuberance, serenity,
perseverance, compassion,
if I don't see holiness permeating those around me--
perhaps He is not giving me gifts,
perhaps my way is off.
His way is the way of the Spirit,
not the way of the selfish self.
The glorious, generous Giver of gifts
wants to lavish me with treasures.
It is "what happens 
when I live God's way."
Lord, help me see more clearly
what that looks like in every area of my life.
To live according to the life of Your Spirit,
wasting no time leading on my own, 
giving way to what I think is good--
usually for myself.
The gifts I desire are the gifts that You give.
You are so good.

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