The works of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envyings, drunkenness, revelries, and the like. Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:19–23)
Read: Slowly read the Scripture passage several times.
Reflect: Reflect and ruminate on the words and phrases in the text. Which words, phrases, or images speak most to you?
Respond: Offer the internalized passage back to God in the form of a personalized prayer of adoration, confession, renewal, petition, intercession, affirmation, or thanksgiving.
Rest: What word or image encapsulates the spirit of the passage for you? Take a few minutes to present yourself before God in silence and yieldedness. When your mind wanders, center yourself by returning to the spirit of the passage.
From A Simple Book of Prayers
Giving in Good Measure
Lord, I give thanks for Your greatness, Your goodness, and Your love; and I now draw near to enjoy Your presence.
A great multitude, which no one could number, from all nations and tribes and peoples and languages will stand before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes with palm branches in their hands, and will cry out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9–10)
Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! (Luke 19:38)
Take a moment to consider God’s awesome majesty, and thank Him that He loves you and wants an intimate relationship with you.
Whoever gives another a cup of water to drink because of his name as a follower of Christ will by no means lose his reward. (Mark 9:41)
When I give, it will be given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be poured into my lap. (Luke 6:38)
Lord, I praise You that You are the Alpha and the Omega. Thank You that Jesus had the authority and chose to lay down His life and to take it up again. Please deliver me from every evil work. May I be generous in my service to others.
Adapted from Handbook to Leadership
Personal Development: Values
God’s moral law for His people is an expression of His own changeless perfection. In the Ten Commandments, God is actually calling His covenant people to be like Him, to be holy as He is holy. (Leviticus 11:45).
The Ten Commandments begin with our demonstrated relationship with God and end with our relationship with others. In Scripture, righteousness is always realized within the context of relationships; it consistently relates to loving behavior toward God and others. Love does no harm to its neighbor, and as a result, “is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:10). The whole law is summed up in the command to love our neighbor (Galatians 5:14).
It is one thing to know the right things to do and another to consistently do them. Jesus called us to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48), but this is unattainable apart from the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Only as we live by the Spirit are we empowered to “put skin on” biblical values and make them real in our own lives.