October 18 – Fruit of the Spirit Study: Goodness

This month we are studying the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. The Holy Spirit is busy in our hearts growing these fruits as an outward display of our growing relationship with God. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). An example SOAP from our team is below today’s Bible reading. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP or thoughts on the verse. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Goodness – Romans 12

A Living Sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

SOAP Note

Attitude of Gratitude | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Romans 12:1-2

Observation

In chapter 12, he is writing some of the things God wants us as Christians to be doing. Serve God with our spiritual gifts, be humble and do not think that one spiritual gift is more important than another; we all work together like the body does. Cling to what is good, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. Do not avenge yourselves; that is God’s job.

Application

In these verses, he talks a couple times about being humble. Living in an apartment right now inbetween houses with half our stuff in storage and then about a month with all of our stuff in storage, my new saying this month is have an attitude of gratitude, being thankful for what we do have. In my mind creeps up all the things I would like to have to decorate my new house; I have to humble myself and say we don’t need it all at once and it will be years before we get all the furniture. This really is a good teaching time for me and my kids to be happy no matter where we are, or what we have.

Prayer

Thank You, dear Lord, for giving us these teaching moments in life. Thank You for Your goodness. Thank You for each brand new day where we have the chance to share Your goodness in a world where there is so much evil.

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