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|So I realize I need to post Patience through Self-Control and the Law, but it's been a hectic semester and I always forget about Xanga. Sorry! I'll get those posted soon.|
The semester is coming to a close quicker than I expected and I'm caught in this surreal state of mind. It's done. Schooling is done (well, for the major portion of it anyway). I leave ISU in 11 days. I feel like I was just going into my freshman year of high school yesterday, and now I'm teaching freshmen in high school. Ridiculous! Since I'm moving off campus, I have the opportunity to speak at my last ministry group meeting for DRL, the ministry group that I have been blessed to be the president of. It is from this group that I have made my closest friends at ISU. Our class is a very unified class and as we make our ways across the country, I'm finding it terribly hard to leave it all behind. God has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams with a family of believers here at school as well as at home. It's really hard to see everyone leave (including me) knowing that I won't see some of these people I love and care about so much until we all go Home in the end. However, Home is what I most look forward to. I get Home-sickness a lot. I cannot wait for the day when Christ comes back and takes us all Home to be with Him. No more tests, no more worrying, no more troubles of this world. We have many blessings here, but nothing that surpasses or even comes close to the amazing blessings we will have when we're standing face-to-face with our maker. Which also in a way makes me sad. My heart breaks for those around me that do not have the hope and peace of going Home. That's another reason that makes me want to stay where I am at ISU. There are just so many people that need to know the Love, Grace, and Mercy of Jesus Christ. But then again, there are many people that need that anywhere I go. So my sails are up and I wait for Christ's winds to blow me where he wants me to be. I'll go where He wants and where I can be used to glorify Him to the utmost. And that's what keeps me from wanting to go Home urgently, the fact that there is still work to be done here, and I am ready...
The 3rd of the
fruit of the Spirit.
"But the fruit
of the Spirit is love (agape), joy (chara), peace…
Used as a
greeting, meaning: may you be filled with the peace of God.
Meaning: peace of
* One of the names
of God is Jehovah Shalom, the God of Peace.
* Jehovah is a term for God, it
means YHWH which is spoken Yahweh.
* This is the name, the only name, God gave Himself. It is written
without the vowels, or commonly written as LORD because this name is o sacred.
* Jehovah Shalom can be seen in each
part of the trinity.
God the Father
* Hebrews 13:20-21
- May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant
brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,
equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what
is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
God the Son
* Isaiah 9:6
- For to us a child is born,
us a son is given,
the government will be on his shoulders.
he will be called
Counselor, Mighty God,
Father, Prince of Peace.
- Marshal your troops, O city of troops,
a siege is laid against us.
will strike Israel's ruler
the cheek with a rod.
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
you are small among the clans of Judah,
of you will come for me
who will be ruler over Israel,
origins are from of old,
Israel will be abandoned
the time when she who is in labor gives birth
the rest of his brothers return
join the Israelites.
will stand and shepherd his flock
the strength of the LORD,
the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
they will live securely, for then his greatness
reach to the ends of the earth.
he will be their peace.
~For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed
the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.
God the Spirit
-Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of
*A man cannot
create peace in his own soul.
*Just as joy and
love are closely linked, peace and joy are closely linked.
* Romans 14:17
-For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of
righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
-May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in
him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Story of peace
This story is taken
straight out of Beth Moore's Bible Study on the Fruit of the Spirit. It was so
touching and so true that I just couldn't leave it out.
"I will never
forget watching an evening talk show featuring the story of the parents and
killer of a young college student. The killer was his best friend. The weapon
was high alcohol content inside a speeding automobile. We've heard so many
stories about drunk drivers and their victims. What made this particular
feature prime-time viewing? The parents had forgiven the young driver… and if
that was not enough, they had taken him in as their own.
This young man sat
at the table in the chair which was once occupied by their only son. He slept
in the son's bed. He worked with the victim's father, teaching seminars on
safety. He shared their fortune and supported their causes. He spoke about the
one he had slain in ways only someone who knew him intimately could have.
Why did these
parents do such a thing? Because it gave them peace. The interviewer was
amazed; I was amazed. I kept trying to put myself in the parents' position- but
I could not. Then, as the tears streamed down my cheeks, I heard the Spirit of
God whisper to my heart and say: 'No wonder you cannot relate. You have put
yourself in the wrong position. You, my child, are the driver.'
God was the
parent-who not only forgave-but also invited me to sit at His table in the
space my Savior left for me. As a result, I have peace."
What amazing peace!
Only through Christ can we obtain such peace in our lives!
* In Philippians 4:7
and John 14:27 we find out 5 things about peace.
* Philippians 4:7
- And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard
your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
* John 14:27
-Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as
the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
* We see that…
A peace exists that transcends all understanding.
~ Philippians 4:7
world cannot give this kind of peace.
~ John 14:27
This kind of peace guards the heart and the mind.
~ Philippians 4:7
This peace belongs to Christ and is only His to give.
~ John 14:27
Christ has offered us His peace.
~ John 14:27
* Portraits of
Peace in the Life of Christ
* Luke 2:41-52
-Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.
When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the
custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the
boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he
was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for
him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went
back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the
temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them
questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his
answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to
him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been
anxiously searching for you."
"Why were you
searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my
Father's house?" But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Then he went down
to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all
these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor
with God and men.
* John 6:1-15
- Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee
(that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him
because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. Then Jesus
went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover
Feast was near.
When Jesus looked
up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where
shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" He asked this only to test
him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
him, "Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each
one to have a bite!"
Another of his
disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, "Here is a boy with
five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so
"Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place,
and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves,
gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.
He did the same with the fish.
When they had all
had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are
left over. Let nothing be wasted." So they gathered them and filled twelve
baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had
After the people
saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, "Surely this is
the Prophet who is to come into the world." Jesus, knowing that they
intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by
* Matthew 14: 22-33
- Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him
to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them,
he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was
there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from
land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
During the fourth
watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the
disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a
ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.
immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the
Then Peter got
down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he
saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save
reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said,
"why did you doubt?"
And when they
climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat
worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
* John 11
- Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary
and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the
same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So
the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick."
When he heard
this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for
God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." Jesus loved
Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he
stayed where he was two more days.
he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."
Rabbi," they said, "a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you,
and yet you are going back there?"
"Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not
stumble, for he sees by this world's light. It is when he walks by night that
he stumbles, for he has no light."
After he had said
this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but
I am going there to wake him up."
replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better." Jesus had been
speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
So then he told
them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not
there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
(called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that
we may die with him."
On his arrival,
Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Bethany
was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and
Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus
was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have
died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."
to her, "Your brother will rise again."
"I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
Jesus said to her,
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even
though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you
Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of
God, who was to come into the world."
And after she had
said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. "The Teacher is
here," she said, "and is asking for you." When Mary heard this,
she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village,
but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been
with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went
out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
When Mary reached
the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said,
"Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come
along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.
"Where have you laid him?" he asked.
"Come and see, Lord," they
Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
But some of them
said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this
man from dying?"
Jesus, once more
deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the
entrance. "Take away the stone," he said.
"But, Lord," said Martha, the
sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been
there four days."
Then Jesus said,
"Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of
So they took away
the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you
have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit
of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."
When he had said
this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man
came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around
Jesus said to them, "Take off the
grave clothes and let him go."
Therefore many of
the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their
faith in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus
had done. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the
"What are we
accomplishing?" they asked. "Here is this man performing many
miraculous signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him,
and then the Romans will come and take away both our place[c] and our nation."
Then one of them,
named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, "You know nothing
at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the
people than that the whole nation perish."
He did not say
this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would
die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the
scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So from
that day on they plotted to take his life.
Therefore Jesus no
longer moved about publicly among the Jews. Instead he withdrew to a region
near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his
When it was almost
time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for
their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. They kept looking for Jesus,
and as they stood in the temple area they asked one another, "What do you
think? Isn't he coming to the Feast at all?" But the chief priests and
Pharisees had given orders that if anyone found out where Jesus was, he should
report it so that they might arrest him.
* John 18:1-11
- When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the
Kidron Valley. On the other side there was an olive grove, and he and his
disciples went into it.
Now Judas, who
betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his
disciples. So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and
some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying
torches, lanterns and weapons.
Jesus, knowing all
that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, "Who is it you
of Nazareth," they replied.
he," Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.)
When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground.
asked them, "Who is it you want?"
And they said, "Jesus of
"I told you
that I am he," Jesus answered. "If you are looking for me, then let
these men go." This happened so that the words he had spoken would be
fulfilled: "I have not lost one of those you gave me."
Then Simon Peter,
who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his
right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.)
Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has
* You must first have peace with God before
you can experience peace from God. This peace of God sustains an abundant life.
* What do we see is a common theme about the
fruit of the Spirit?
- They are not ours, they are
- He is the possessor of the
fruit and only He can give it away.
* Non-Christians cannot experience TRUE
love, joy, peace…
OF THE WEEK:
*When you're feeling overwhelmed, pray and ask God for His peace. Also, repeat
to yourself Jesus is my peace and my strength. KING JESUS IS STILL ON THE
The 2nd of the
fruit of the Spirit.
"But the fruit
of the Spirit is love (agape), joy…
* This week is a
bit shorter because we're going to read the "Letter of Joy" from Paul
and just let God's word speak to us.
* The Greek word
for joy is chara.
-It is the most common translated
word in the English New Testament.
-Meaning: joy, rejoicing,
-In many ways, chara means
* Chara and Charis
are closely related because joy is an absolute assumption in grace.
- Romans 5:3-5
* "Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character;
and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured
out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
- We can see how rejoicing in suffering leads to and is connected to the
love of God the Father.
*5 major catalyst
1. The origin of joy is our
- We must remember that Christ died for us and our joy comes from
knowing that we'll spend eternity with Him.
- Joy results when we realize that our names are written in heaven.
2. Chara is discovery.
- The discover of Jesus in every circumstance or situation that we
- Discovery of Jesus in circumstances, even suffering.
* James 1:3-4
- "Because you know that the testing of your faith develops
perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and
complete, not lacking anything."
3. Joy is the result of restoration.
Discipline precedes restoration.
* Jeremiah 31:18
- "I have surely heard Ephraim's moaning:
'You disciplined me like an unruly calf,
and I have been disciplined.
Restore me, and I will return,
because you are the LORD my God."
4. Joy is the result of
"remaining" in Christ.
Chara, like agape, belongs to Christ.
Christ is the possessor and Giver of true joy.
5. Joy is the result of relating God's way to God's people ~AKA~ WE are
catalyst of joy for one another.
- Joy not only comes from the body of Christ, but also adds joy to the
body of Christ.
- Joy-keepers are soul
*There are 5 ways
we can lose our joy though.
We may lose our
1. when our outpour exceeds our
- We need to remember that we need to be fed as well. Sometimes, we get
wrapped up in teaching: Sunday School, Bible Study, Discipleship, or in
serving, but we forget that we need to take in the Word and be fed by Him as
well. We need to grow as we encourage others to grow.
2. when our talk exceeds our walk.
- This is similar to number 1. We need to live what we preach. We need
to not just tell others about Christ, or help others to grow in Him, but we
need to grow ourselves and live the life that we say we have in Christ.
3. when we become "wonders junkies."
- We can get dependent on the miraculous signs that Christ does in our
lives. If we are just reliant on the wonders and not our relationship with
Christ, our faith becomes stagnant if Christ doesn't choose to communicate to
us through miraculous signs. We need to be reliant on Him and not the wonders
that he does.
4. when we are exhausted.
- When we are exhausted, we get grumpy and selfish. We need to sleep and
get rest, whether it is physical, emotional, or spiritual rest.
* Psalm 127:2
- "In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he
5. when we feel all alone.
- On campus, this is a feeling that is almost frequent. When we are in
philosophy or religion classes at a secular university, we may be the only
believer in the room. This can be discouraging because we feel like we're all
alone. We need to remember that we are not ever alone. God is always with us.
must remember that God is our source of Joy and is our JOY!
"Letter of Joy"
church was planted by Paul. Paul at this point is under house arrest. Even
though he is in prison (house arrest) and chained to a Roman guard, he still
writes a letter full of joy to his church.
Paul shows us joy -
especially using the 5 catalysts.
The word joy is
used 16 times in his letter.
Philippians - let God's word speak for itself.
Paul and Timothy,
servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together
with the overseers and deacons:
Grace and peace to you
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God
every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with
joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on
to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
It is right for
me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether
I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in
God's grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the
affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer:
that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so
that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless
until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes
through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Chains Advance the Gospel
Now I want you to
know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the
gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard
and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my
chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word
of God more courageously and fearlessly.
It is true that
some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The
latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that
they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter?
The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true,
Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
Yes, and I will
continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by
the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my
deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but
will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my
body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is
gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for
me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire
to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary
for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will
remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the
faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will
overflow on account of me.
conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I
come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you
stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel
without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to
them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him,
but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you
saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
If you have any
encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if
any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my
joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit
and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in
humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not
only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Your attitude should be
the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much
more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good
without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure,
children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which
you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of
life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor
for nothing. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the
sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of
you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
I hope in the
Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I
receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine
interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interests, not
those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as
a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. I hope,
therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. And I am
confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
But I think it is
necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and
fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my
needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was
ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on
him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I am all the
more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I
may have less anxiety. Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men
like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to
make up for the help you could not give me.
Confidence in the Flesh
brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things
to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.
Watch out for
those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we
who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in
Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have
reasons for such confidence.
If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:
circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of
Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal,
persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
But whatever was
to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I
consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing
Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them
rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness
of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in
Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know
Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his
sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the
resurrection from the dead.
on Toward the Goal
Not that I have
already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to
take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not
consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting
what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal
to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
All of us who are
mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think
differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what
we have already attained.
Join with others
in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to
the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again
even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is
destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.
Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we
eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power
that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our
lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear
I plead with
Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. Yes, and
I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in
the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers,
whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the
Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to
all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by
prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the
peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and
your minds in Christ Jesus.
brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is
pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or
heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be
for Their Gifts
I rejoice greatly
in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have
been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this
because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the
circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have
plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do
everything through him who gives me strength.
Yet it was good
of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early
days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not
one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you
only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when
I was in need. Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may
be credited to your account. I have received full payment and even more; I am
amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent.
They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my
God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
To our God and Father be
glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Greet all the
saints in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send greetings. 22All
the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar's
The grace of the Lord
Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
* Where we see the 5 catalysts for joy in
1. Salvation - Chapter 1 vs.
2. Joy in discovery - Chapter
2 vs. 18
3. Joy of restoration -
Chapter 4 vs. 1 & 4
4. Abiding joy - Chapter 1 vs.
5. Fellowship joy - Chapter 2
* Pray about obtaining the Joy of Christ in
your life and how you can share Joy with those around you.
Challenge for the week:
* Enjoy the body of Christ. Find a specific way to do it and be creative - then
praise God for the privilege of fellowship.
*Be restored by Christ - find a place to be
alone (completely alone, no distractions) and have an intense time with God.
Open your heart and let him wash everything but himself away. Be joyful in Him!
Remember to continue with the challenges for
the week from the Introduction and Love.
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|The 1st of the fruit of the Spirit.|
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love…
* As I began this study, I thought about how
there are 3 words for love in the Greek and we have only one word for love in
English. I wanted to see what the world had to say the definition of love was,
so I went to Dictionary.com where I found that there were 28 definitions for
our 1 word.
tender, passionate affection for another person.
a feeling of warm
personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
sexual passion or
a person toward
whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
(used in direct
address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like): Would you like to see a movie, love?
a love affair; an
intensely amorous incident; amour.
personification of sexual affection, as Eros or Cupid.
concern for the well-being of others: the love of
predilection, enthusiasm, or liking for anything: her
love of books.
the object or
thing so liked: The theater was her great love.
affection of God for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them
Chiefly Tennis. a score of
a word formerly
used in communications to represent the letter L.
(used with object)
to have love or
affection for: All her pupils love her.
to have a
profoundly tender, passionate affection for (another person).
to have a strong
liking for; take great pleasure in: to love music.
to need or
require; benefit greatly from: Plants love sunlight.
to embrace and
kiss (someone), as a lover.
to have sexual
(used without object)
to have love or
affection for another person; be in love.
love up, to hug
and cuddle: She loves him up every chance she gets.
affection or liking; for pleasure.
compensation; gratuitously: He took care of the
poor for love.
for the love of, in
consideration of; for the sake of: For the love of
mercy, stop that noise.
in love, infused
with or feeling deep affection or passion: a youth
always in love.
in love with, feeling
deep affection or passion for (a person, idea, occupation, etc.); enamored
of: in love with the girl next door; in love with
to embrace and
kiss as lovers.
to engage in
no love lost, dislike;
animosity: There was no love lost between the two
* No matter which
definition of love there is, love means risking rejection. By choosing to have
relationships, no matter what type of relationship, we subject ourselves to the
chance of being rejected by the other person.
* There are 3 types
of love that we see from the Greek language.
1. Eros: A sexual/lustful love
2. Philos: Brotherly love -
3. Agape: Caring love - only
achieved by Christ
* In the Fruit of
the Spirit, which type of love should we have?
* Let's begin our
search for which type of love used in the Fruit of the Spirit with Eros.
-Eros is a love that should only be between a husband and wife. Eros
actually means "longing and desire."
- This type of love is a selfish love and seeks to benefit themselves
rather than others.
-God did not intend for love to be selfish, but because of the fall,
this type of love turned to being a self-seeking type of love.
-To see this love in a good light, we can turn to Song of Solomon
Chapters 1 and 4.
* Song of Solomon 1: Solomon's Song of Songs.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
for your love is more delightful than wine.
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
your name is like perfume poured out.
No wonder the maidens love you!
me away with you—let us hurry!
Let the king bring me into his chambers.
We rejoice and delight in you;
we will praise your love more than wine.
How right they are to adore you!
Dark am I, yet lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
dark like the tents of Kedar,
like the tent curtains of Solomon.
not stare at me because I am dark,
because I am darkened by the sun.
My mother's sons were angry with me
and made me take care of the vineyards;
my own vineyard I have neglected.
me, you whom I love, where you graze your flock
and where you rest your sheep at midday.
Why should I be like a veiled woman
beside the flocks of your friends?
If you do not know, most beautiful of
follow the tracks of the sheep
and graze your young goats
by the tents of the shepherds.
I liken you, my darling, to a
harnessed to one of the chariots of Pharaoh.
Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings,
your neck with strings of jewels.
will make you earrings of gold,
studded with silver.
While the king was at his table,
my perfume spread its fragrance.
My lover is to
me a sachet of myrrh
resting between my breasts.
lover is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
from the vineyards of En Gedi.
How beautiful you are, my
Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes are doves.
How handsome you are, my lover!
Oh, how charming!
And our bed is verdant.
The beams of our house are cedars;
our rafters are firs.
* Song of Solomon 4:
you are, my darling!
Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes behind your veil are doves.
Your hair is like a flock of goats
descending from Mount Gilead.
teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn,
coming up from the washing.
Each has its twin;
not one of them is alone.
lips are like a scarlet ribbon;
your mouth is lovely.
Your temples behind your veil
are like the halves of a pomegranate.
neck is like the tower of David,
built with elegance;
on it hang a thousand shields,
all of them shields of warriors.
two breasts are like two fawns,
like twin fawns of a gazelle
that browse among the lilies.
the day breaks
and the shadows flee,
I will go to the mountain of myrrh
and to the hill of incense.
beautiful you are, my darling;
there is no flaw in you.
with me from Lebanon, my bride,
come with me from Lebanon.
Descend from the crest of Amana,
from the top of Senir, the summit of Hermon,
from the lions' dens
and the mountain haunts of the leopards.
have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;
you have stolen my heart
with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.
delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much more pleasing is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!
lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride;
milk and honey are under your tongue.
The fragrance of your garments is like that of Lebanon.
are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride;
you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.
plants are an orchard of pomegranates
with choice fruits,
with henna and nard,
calamus and cinnamon,
with every kind of incense tree,
with myrrh and aloes
and all the finest spices.
are a garden fountain,
a well of flowing water
streaming down from Lebanon.
Awake, north wind,
and come, south wind!
Blow on my garden,
that its fragrance may spread abroad.
Let my lover come into his garden
and taste its choice fruits.
marriages do not exist absent of physical affection
* Here, we can see that Eros is a good type of
love and we still need to love our spouses with an Eros love, however, this
cannot be the type of love mentioned in the Fruit of the Spirit because it is
flawed in that it has become a selfish, self-seeking type of love.
-1 Corinthians 7:3-6: The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife,
and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife's body does not belong to her
alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not
belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by
mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer.
Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack
of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command.
* Moving on, the next type of love is Philos.
Philos is a love that is between friends. In fact, the word can actually mean
just that, "friend." It is defined as "the love one has toward a
friend of companion."
* Philo love is
characterized by a shared experience.
* Friends build
each other up. If one is joyful, the other will be joyful with them. If one is
sad and burdened, the other will sympathize and be sad and burdened with them.
However, friends have the ability to betray one another.
* Although friends
have the ability to betray one another, the fear of betrayal should never keep
us from cultivating friends. However, betrayal is real and philos love does not
withstand all things.
* Again, God did
not intend for love to be flawed.
-To see this love in a good light, we can turn to 1 Peter 3:8.
*1 Peter 3:8: "Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one
another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble."
- Peter, here is encouraging us to view and love one another as if we
were blood related. Love for one another is a good thing and is encouraged
throughout scripture. However, this love is also imperfect and not the love
found in the Fruit of the Spirit because one who is loved can be betrayed.
* The last type of
love is Agape. Agape is the most genuine of the Greek terms for love. This is
the word we find in our text (Galatians 5:22-23).
* Agape is
propelled by the highest interest. It is not fueled by the desire of its
recipient, but it is fueled by need. In this, God did what humanity needed most
-- he sent a Savior.
* 1 Corinthians 13
shows us Agape in that every time the word love is used, it is the term agape.
It shows us a model of what love should look like:
- 1 Corinthians 13:
If I speak in the tongues of men and
of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but
have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,
it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it
is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in
evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always
hopes, always perseveres.
never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are
tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For
we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the
imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like
a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways
behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see
face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully
And now these three remain: faith, hope and
love. But the greatest of these is love.
- Agape is…
Two other Fruit of
What agape is NOT.
Unlike Eros which is
Unlike Philos which can be destroyed by betrayal: being
and keeping a grudge against a friend or brother. (#8,9)
3. does NOT envy
4. does NOT boast
5. is NOT proud
6. is NOT rude
7. is NOT self-seeking
8. is NOT easily angered
9. keeps NO record of wrongs
10. does NOT rejoice in evil but rejoices with the truth
* What a comfort it is knowing that we are loved
by God with Agape that NEVER fails!
The word always, like the word forever, is an eternal word
and deals with nothing on this earth. For, this earth is finite and will not go
on always/forever. But, agape does. It is God's, He is eternal, and all that is
His is eternal.
11. always protects
12. always trusts
13. always hopes
14. always perseveres
Similar to always and forever, the word never is an eternal
word. However, with the word never, it means it has not existed, it does not
exist now, and it never will exist. True Agape NEVER experience failure.
* Quick recap:
1. a divine capacity to
love. Only God is capable of Agape.
2. more of a response than a feeling, where as Eros is all feeling and
Philos is a feeling
with a response. Agape moves from a response to a feeling.
3. fueled by the needs rather than the desires of self and others.
4. expressed through me when I surrender to the empowerment and
temperament of the Holy Spirit.
5. sacrifices and demonstrates.
* Christ shows us
1. He reveals to us
John 17:6: "I have revealed
you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were
gave them to me and they have obeyed your word."
2. He gives us the Father's Word.
- John 17:8: "For I gave them the words you
gave me and they accepted them. They knew
with certainty that I came from you, and
they believed that you sent me."
3. He prays for us.
- John 17:9: I pray for them. I am not praying
for the world, but for those you have given me,
for they are yours.
4. He protects us.
- John 17:12: "While I was with them, I
protected them and kept them safe by that name
you gave me. None has been lost
except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be
5. He sanctifies Himself.
-John 17:19: "For them I
sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified."
6. He gives us His glory.
- John 17:22: "I have given them the glory
that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one."
7. He places us in Him.
- John 17:23: "I in them and
you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you
sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."
8. He makes the Father known to us.
- John 17:24: "Father, I want
those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the
glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the
9. He desires for us to be with Him and to see His glory.
- John 17:26: "I have made
you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love
you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them."
*Agape, although God is the only one cable of it, is the
foremost command given to His children.
- Matthew 22:37-40: "Jesus
replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And
the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law
and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
We must remember that God shares His love, His Agape, with us freely. But, the
only way we can have it is by surrendering to the
empowerment and temperament of the Holy Spirit. *Pray for God's love. Pray that you will fall
more and more in love with Him and that you can show His love to those around
Challenge for the
* Let the people
who you love know that you love them. Tell them.
* Pray for God's
love to be shown in your life. Share something from His Word (maybe something
that jumped out at you during your quiet time) with someone, this could be a
fellow believer or a non-Christian.
* Long-term goal:
Memorize 1 Corinthians 13.