Fruit of the Spirit
God gives reborn believers access to the fruit of the Holy Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Together these attributes constitute true contentment.
The extent to which we experience and emit this fruit is a function of our relationship with God, not our circumstances. Thus, we can experience true contentment amid any affliction.
God supplies the strength, hope, peace, and comfort we need to endure distress intact. He carries the burdens we give him, which enables us to travel light.
True freedom is not the license to do whatever we want. It is the ability to make the right moral choice, when immoral alternatives are currently more attractive.
As we walk in harmony with God, he frees us from the tyranny of our carnal appetites and desires. He cleanses our hearts and strengthens our self-control.
In addition, God provides a way to escape every temptation, so we can always abide by his principles and precepts, if we so desire.
God provides the foundation for an accurate, healthy self-image.
God considers us significant. His assessments are absolute truth. Therefore, we truly are significant, no matter how bleak our past, how recent our unrighteousness, or how others may perceive us.
Knowing that God has forgiven us enables us to forgive ourselves. Understanding that he accepts us as we are—unconditionally—enables us to likewise accept ourselves.
God loves each of us equally, regardless of our status, strengths, weaknesses, successes, or failures. We therefore have no reason to ever feel inferior or superior to anyone else.
God infuses our lives with new meaning and purpose, as we walk in harmony with him.
Mundane things become his gifts, for which we give thanks. Work turns into a form of worship. Nature becomes evidence of his power and majesty. Other people become conduits of his aid and valuable souls he wants to love and encourage through us.
We set new performance standards for ourselves, because we want everything we think, say, and do to reflect well on him.
God gives us opportunities for personal fulfillment as we care for others on his behalf.
The Holy Spirit equips every reborn believer with one or more special abilities that help churches function effectively and minister productively. We experience a soulful satisfaction when God uses our gifts to advance his eternal cause.
Throughout his Word, God outlines the priorities and goals that please him and enrich us.
He warns us about specific mistakes that can permanently complicate our lives. He presents general guidelines that help us avoid lesser mishaps. He helps us discover our passion and purpose in life, as we delight in him.
Subject to his righteousness and our ultimate good, God directs our steps along the paths we take in pursuit of our personal interests.
God makes sure we are always in the presence of goodness that is worthy of our gratitude, even amid adverse circumstances.
These good things may seem trivial relative to the intensity of our suffering. In dire circumstances, they may be limited to the comfort of his nearness and the assurance of heaven. Nonetheless, we are always in proximity of goodness.
God also produces goodness from our bad situations, regardless of their severity or our culpability.
God never lets our suffering exceed our coping ability, as we walk in harmony with him. He never lets us encounter temptations we cannot resist. He limits how long our moral failures negatively impact our future generations.
God, though his Word, provides a rational framework for defining reality.
His designs, descriptions, assessments, principles, prescriptions, proclamations, and boundaries inform an accurate worldview.
God tells us who we are, how we got here, why we are here, how life got messed up, and what we can do about it.
God is immutable. His attributes, truths, motivations, and goals never change. His promises are always operative. The entirety of his Word is always applicable.
God is neither arbitrary nor capricious. Our transgressions never diminish his love for us or his willingness to care for us. He is always faithful.
God grants us direct access to him in every situation. He hears all our prayers. His aid is always available.
God sees the entirety of our life concurrently. At any given moment, he knows every detail of our past, present, and future afflictions.
However, because Jesus encountered the same pains and sorrows we face, God also understands how we feel, as we endure them.
He grieves when we grieve and rejoices when we rejoice.
God promises eternal bliss in the next life to everyone who is reborn spiritually in this life. As reborn believers, we always have the hope of heaven, no matter how bleak our present circumstances.