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Saturday, January 5, 2019

His Gentle Spirit

Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near.                                                                                                                                           —Philippians 4:5 (AMP)

What makes a gentle spirit? All that encompasses the grace of Jesus in your life! Unconditional love. Patience. Mercy. Compassion. Kindness. Calmness. Endurance. Humbleness. Forgiveness. Generosity. This list is endless when His grace has transformed your mind, and the Holy Spirit fills you with His power. Share these things, Paul writes. Live them. Breathe them. The Lord is close to you. Not just coming soon, but close to you now—living in you.

“The Holy Spirit,” Paul writes, “produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things” (Galatians 5:22-23, NLT). 

Nothing can stand against the power of His grace changing your life. The new nature—His righteousness that He ascribed to you at Calvary, gives you the ability to conquer selfishness, fear, anger, bitterness, resentment, rejection, and every human emotion that controls your mind. All things are possible when the all-powerful God of grace has made you righteous by becoming your sin. When you intentionally choose to put on the new nature He has given you, again and again, self is denied. You are able for the Holy Spirit to teach you the truth of His Word. You draw closer to understanding what He has done for you. When your mind perceives that nothing can separate you from His love­—nothing can destroy the work He finished at Calvary, you are changed by His grace. You find peace. You live the fruit He imparted to you when you were born-again by His Spirit. 

Never forget that He lives in you, but He can’t guide and direct your life if you don't allow it. Let the gentle spirit which lives in you be exhibited in everything you say and do. You don’t do the work! He does. You choose to put on your new nature. He does the job when you let go and let Him bring forth His purpose.

There is no law more powerful and potent than the fruit of the Spirit guiding your life. When you continually put on your new nature, living the fruit becomes as natural as breathing. You live the Word because you love Him. You cherish the Savior who saved you from the consequences of sin. The law only exposed sin. It could never make the payment for it. Only His righteousness in exchange for your sin could. 

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Put on this new nature that is holy and righteous. When His grace anchors your life, you have nothing to prove. You are free.

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

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