Our challenge is to live up to the expectations of sacrificial, selfless love that God has commanded of those who call him Father.
The love of Jesus is a given for us, at least cognitively. We are so comfortable with the idea Jesus loves us we may even take it for granted.
In Christ’s most famous sermon, Jesus commands a concept that is oxymoronic for us: enemy love.
It is always easier to define a word not just by depending on a conceptual understanding but by showing an action. So it is with love.
In addition to being part of the fruit of the Spirit, joy is seen as a moral imperative – a command; to live contrary to this command is self-defeating.
God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – delights himself in his children, and he takes joy in the setting free of the captives!
Take time this Sabbath to meditate on today’s passage from Psalm 4, reflecting on how it relates to the fruit of the Spirit from this week: peace and joy.
The perspective that comes from being filled with the Spirit is one that can produce joy even in the midst of the worst of circumstances.
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