Resolute. What do you think of when you read the word? I need to add this to the list of words that are not heard very often any more.
Webster‘s defines it as “marked by firm determination”. There are a few things I want to resolute about this year.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Here is what I want to be resolute about…1. Walking in the Spirit and 2. Growing and displaying more spiritual fruit.
It occurs to me that the fruit of the Spirit are useful to daily life. They are necessary to build and maintain healthy relationships. The fruit is practical and simple.
Do you realize what this means? The most loving, gentle, slow to anger people among us are the most Spiritual. We often think of the most Spiritual people are pastors, church leaders, prophets, teachers of the Word, etc (the list could go on and on). The people who exercise the most love, the most kindness, the most self-control, are the people who are true reflections of Jesus Christ.
Fruit is about walking out what you believe every day, not just when you are with other Christians. Fruit is about sitting at the feet of Jesus and taking on His likeness. Fruit is about loving the undeserving; being kind to those who hate; being peace in storm.
Jesus said in Luke 6: 27-30 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. ”
There are so many haters (as Dennis would say) in the world. What if Christians took a stand to be light and salt? I am resolute to be light and salt… I’ll have to keep you updated on how it works out.