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The struggles that go on in church congregations are sometimes not always visible to the human eye. You have to step beyond the scrimmage line or safety zone to see when a person is feeling like an outsider, alone, sick, sad, or even suicidal. People are so good about hiding behind a mask. We tell each other everything is good or fine. We keep to our little clicks and safe zones afraid of fumbling, and we ignore that little whisper telling us we should go over and talk to that person, visit someone who is ill, provide a meal, or extend a hand of kindness or good will to someone. You never know you might just cheer them up or brighten their day. Extending kindness to someone you don’t know and letting someone know that you care about them is a quality that Jesus showed throughout the New Testament no matter who they were. It is a quality that every Christian should strive for, and it is something I struggle with a lot because of my fear to speak to people.
As Galatians 5:22-23 directs Christians to strive for, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such things there is no law.” The Holy Spirit is a gift and in order to obtain all these Christ like qualities we need to stop and listen, focus on the Word and make an effort to be more Christ like.
If we harden our hearts and ignore the Spirit, God’s divine purpose will not reveal itself and we will miss out on beautiful, heart-enriching blessings from our Father.
May you have a blessed weekend!