February 10, 2020

mondays and complete in Christ Philippians 1: 6

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you (us too) will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1: 6

Do you feel, as I do, that some days (ok, maybe many days) we fall short of the good work God began in us?  

When I look at the fruit of the Spirit (found in Galatians 5:22), I feel that if I lived to be as old as Noah, (Genesis 9:29) I still would not measure up.   Do you find, as I do, that it is way too easy to fail at patience? Do we find that our words aren’t always gentle and kind? 

Thank goodness we don’t have to accomplish God’s good work all on our own.  Look closely again at our verse:  

God began the good work in us

God will complete the good work

No wonder we don’t get all the fruit of the Spirit right in our lives!  We are a work in progress through the Holy Spirit's efforts in us. We won't complete this work until the Day of Christ Jesus!   I love how the Passion translation writes this verse:

God will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put His finishing touches to you until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1: 6

We are maturing.  Just like our bodies mature, spiritual maturity happens over time.  If you and I commit to staying close to God and His will for our lives, He will help us develop the fruit of the Spirit.  We may not get it all right today but we know He will help us mature in our fruit bearing and tomorrow has the potential to be better than today.

seeking with you to bear fruit through God working in us, susie

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Galatians  5: 22