Galatians 5:22, 23 - The Fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22, 23 (NLT) But the Holy Spirit 
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! 


   The gardener plants a seed and then 
cultivates the land around it. He doesn't produce the 
fruit, nor does he determine its exact shape and 
size. In most cases, he also doesn't determine how 
it will be prepared, what recipe it will 
contribute to, or who will eat it. He simply plants the 
seed and does everything he can to give it the 
right conditions to grow. 
   That's how it is with the fruit of the 
Spirit. We can't force these Kingdom attributes by 
focusing on their size and shape, by scheduling how 
they will be used and in what situations, or by 
trying to control them by any other artificial or 
arbitrary efforts. All we can do is tend to the seeds 
and the conditions. God does the rest. 
   But most of us don't approach them that 
way. We focus on developing patience, or we work 
on demonstrating love, or we discipline 
ourselves with self-control. The more biblical 
approach is to throw ourselves fully into a 
relationship with the Spirit without any attention to 
developing the fruit. If we are thoroughly in 
fellowship with Him, the fruit happens. We don't strive 
for it, script it out, or dictate its forms. We 
plant ourselves in Him and expect to grow. 
   When we say we need greater fruit of the 
Spirit, what we really mean is that we need a deeper 
experience with the Spirit. We don't need love, joy, 
peace, and so on: we need Jesus. He is all of those 
things, and He will produce them in us as we love 
Him and enjoy His fellowship. Our 
responsibility? Create the right conditions for His fruit to 
grow in us. That means spending more time with 
Him, asking Him to fill us continually, telling 
Him what we love about Him, and willingly 
yielding our hearts to Him. When we create those 
conditions, it's impossible for fruit not to grow. The 
Spirit thrives in conditions that honor and adore 
the King. [The One Year Heaven On Earth 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 



   When a lawyer asked Jesus which 
commandment was the greatest, He said, You shall love 
the Lord your God with all you heart, and with 
all your soul, and with all your mind, and 
the second is like it, You shall love your 
neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:37, 39). What an 
overwhelming assignment! 
   In our own strength, none of us can live 
up to this obligation, but the Lord has 
provided a way for Christians to do the impossible. 
The indwelling Holy Spirit works to produce His 
fruit in us, and first on the list is love (Gal. 
5:22). In fact, the other eight qualities are 
really just descriptions of its expression. 
   Whenever we demonstrate kindness, 
patience, or gentleness, we see the Lords love at 
work through us, especially when the other person 
has been unkind and doesnt deserve such 
pleasant treatment. This fruit is not produced by 
trying harder to muster good will toward someone 
who is irritating or hard to get along with. 
Instead, think of the process more like sap running 
through a branch on a grape-vine. The branch 
doesnt make grapes; the sap does. In the same way, 
the Spirit flows through us, producing Gods 
love in us, so that we can pass it on to Him and 
   Agape love is the reason we are able to 
care for someone who mistreats us"its 
Gods doing, not ours. Even the adoration we offer 
the Lord is not something that we can produce in 
our own heart apart from His assistance. Though 
the command to love is enormous, Gods grace 
makes it possible. [In Touch Daily Devotional by 
Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org] 


   The second fruit of the Spirit listed by 
Paul is joy (Gl 5:22). It is no mere accident 
that "joy" follows the first, love. Joy is a 
byproduct of love. If you concentrate on getting joy, 
it will elude you. But if you concentrate on 
getting love, then joy will seek you out"you will 
be automatically joyful.  
   The nine qualities of the fruit of the 
Spirit are not natural attributes, but supernatural 
ones. You cannot manufacture them"they just 
appear in our lives as we allow the Holy Spirit to 
have His way within us. I know many Christians 
who find it difficult to embrace the fact that 
the fruit of the Spirit is joy. They not only 
don't expect joy"they don't want it. One grim 
Christian said to me once: "At the heart of our faith 
is a cross. This means we ought to be spending 
our time weeping, not laughing."  
   Well, it is true that there is a cross at 
the heart of the Christian faith and that 
following Christ involves some rigorous self-denials, 
but it does not alter"and cannot alter"the 
fact that the fruit of the Spirit is joy. We 
cannot deny that there is a good deal of suffering 
in Christianity, but beneath the suffering is a 
joy that will, if we allow it, burst upward 
through everything. I am bound to say that if there 
is no joy, there is no Christianity, for 
Christianity is inherent joy. The empty tomb takes away 
our empty gloom. We have an Easter morning in 
our faith, and that means there is always a 
reason to rejoice.  
   Father, I am so thankful that Your Holy 
Spirit applies redemption right to the roots of my 
being. Thus I can be glad even when I am sad. Thank 
You, dear Father. Amen. [Every Day With Jesus 
Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional re Psa. 

   Happiness and joy - these two words are 
not as synonymous as they might seem at first 
glance. Oh, they may feel a lot alike, but that's 
where the similarity ends. 
   Consider that the root of the word 
happiness is hap. And that simple word refers to luck, 
chance, fate; to circumstances that come our way. We 
can be happy when we get the job. We can be 
happy when the news from the doctor is good. And 
we can be happy when our team wins. 
   But joy frees us from sadness when we 
don't get the job, when the news from the doctor 
is not good, and when our team loses. That's 
because pure joy comes not from circumstances but 
from our love relationship with God. Our choice 
to trust in His sovereign, gracious plan for 
our lives sustains our hope in hard times, and 
that gives us joy. 
   One more thing. The greater our love for 
God, the greater will be our joy in Him. Grow 
your love for God through Bible study and prayer, 
worship and confession, praise and fellowship - and 
see if your joy doesn't increase. Life is too 
brief and harsh to squander even one day of it 
joylessly. [Being Still With God Every Day by Henry 
Blackaby re Psa. 5:11] 


   Did you know that when you have lost your 
peace of mind you have the power to regain it? 
Anytime you find that you are worrying, fretful, or 
anxious about anything, release the problem to God 
through a simple heartfelt prayer and purposely 
think about something in your life that is good! 
Worrying is completely useless. It wears you out 
mentally, emotionally, and physically and it doesn't 
make your problem any better at all. 
   Peace of mind is valuable, and it is 
quite impossible to enjoy life without it. Seek 
and pursue the peace that is yours through Jesus 
Christ. Don't be deceived into believing that you 
can't help what you think, because you absolutely 
can. You can change your mind about anything! 
Practice 'on purpose' thinking instead of being 
passive and merely waiting to see what thoughts fall 
into your mind. 
   I can share with you that I experience 
the same mental battles that many people do, and 
I have to practice having peace on purpose. 
You are a child of God, and His peace is in you. 
I recommend that you start recognizing the 
things that are stealing your peace and deal with 
them so they can no longer torment you. 
   Father, I love You very much, and I want 
to enjoy peace of mind. I know that worry is 
useless, but I often do it and I am sorry. Work with 
me and teach me how to trust You enough to 
enjoy Your peace at all times. [My Time with God 
by Joyce Meyer] 

   Our dog, Flash, is cross between a Jack 
Russell terrier and a Chihuahua. He is cute and fast 
and loves to play. He loves it when you throw 
him the ball. He just has one problem. Once he 
brings the ball back to you, he won't let it go. 
You can tell he wants to give it to you as he 
nudges it toward you. But as soon as you try and 
pick it up, he snatches it and growls. Then he 
looks at you, as if to say, "Why aren't you 
playing with me?' 
   The dog has issues. So do I. That is 
probably why I like him so much. I am just like 
Flash, who worries over his toy, constantly moving 
it around, never taking his eyes off it. This 
is what I do with my problems. I cannot let 
them go. I keep thinking about them, feeling sick 
to my stomach. All the while, my eyes are on 
Jesus and I am saying, "Why aren't You doing 
anything about this? I keep bringing it to You.' I 
bring my problem to Him. But I forget to let it 
go. I forget to say, "I would like You to take 
care of this, so I am placing it in Your hands." 
   When we pray, we are "tossing the ball.' 
Laying our worries, our cares, our dreams at the 
feet of Jesus. But it is only when we have 
emptied our hearts and minds of our worries that He 
can fill us up with His overwhelming peace that 
passes all understanding. - Susanna Foth Aughtmon 
[Mornings With Jesus 2019 Devotional by Guideposts and 


   The fourth fruit of the Spirit listed by 
Paul is patience. The King James Version uses the 
word "longsuffering." Someone has suggested that 
longsuffering is "love stretched out." It is so elastic 
and tough that it doesn't break up into 
impatience. It maintains a patient attitude amidst the 
flux of human events.  
   Patience, however, must not be confused 
with indifference. One group of people in ancient 
history"the Stoics"made indifference a virtue. Some 
people in the early centuries of the church tried 
to Christianize this characteristic, but it 
couldn't be done. A Christian is someone who cares. 
Because we care, we suffer, but in the midst of 
suffering, we discover the Spirit's enabling patience. 
   A woman, after finding Christ, went 
through a time of great persecution from her family. 
She said, "I have never been a patient woman, 
but since Christ and the Holy Spirit came into 
my life, He has turned me upside down and 
inside out. I always had to have the last word, but 
my last word is silence." Now, whenever she 
says something, her family listens, because she 
speaks out of the depth of silence. The Amplified 
Bible presents Galatians 5:22 as, "But the fruit 
of the  Spirit [the work which His presence 
within accomplishes] is  patience." [Every Day 
With Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional re 
Col. 3:12] 


   Kindness is one proof of the Holy 
Spirit's work in us. The more we give free rein to 
the Spirit to transform our hearts, the more we 
will overflow with kindness toward ourselves and 
   It's common to have an inner critic that 
speaks harshly about our body or our performance. 
As we grow in kindness, the voice of that inner 
critic will gradually decrease and a voice of kind 
encouragement will get easier to hear. The encouraging 
voice says that our bodies are temples of the Holy 
Spirit and beloved by God. It says we are dearly 
loved regardless of our performance.  
   The Bible says, "Therefore, as God's 
chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe 
yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, 
gentleness and patience" (Colossians 3:12). As we know 
more and more that we are dearly loved, kindness 
will grow. As the Spirit fosters kindness in us, 
we will look for ways to help others live well. 
What opportunity for kindness do you have today? 
   Let the fruit of kindness grow in your 
heart and in your interactions with others. [The 
Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional] 


The Divine Goodness of Creation
   When I think of goodness, I think of the 
creation narrative in Genesis 1. The passage uses the 
word good seven times"a number that alludes to 
completeness or perfection throughout biblical 
literature. Light and dark, skies and seas, stars, fish, 
birds, and all the creatures of the land are each 
created to be completely, perfectly good.   
   Imagine God, like a homeowner at 
Christmas, hanging the wreaths, plugging in the lights, 
standing back with his triune family . . . Then 
God saw everything that He had made, and indeed 
it was very good (Genesis 1:31). 
Treating All of Creation with Divine Goodness
   When you and I see everything that God 
has made"from snakes to sunsets, friends to 
foes"is it still a scene of complete awe? 
   Not usually.
   But, as we invite the Holy Spirit to 
abide with us and bear fruit in us, the Spirit 
helps us see more and more of God, including the 
divine goodness of his creation. And, upon seeing 
his goodness, we respond by treating creation 
with divine goodness.    
   Goodness doesnt mean naively calling 
everything good in the sense of just or 
right, because the Fall causes us to make choices 
that are downright not right. Rather, goodness 
means participating with God in the kingdom work 
of calling everything back to good. 
   Goodness whispers into the lives of 
friend, stranger, or enemy alike: You are 
fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). And 
goodness longs for that whisper to echo throughout 
the persons life and into their thoughts, 
feelings, and actions.     
   We have ample opportunity to practice 
these whispers of goodness in day-to-day life. 
   Where I live, for instance, homeless men 
and women often stand on the street corners or 
approach me in parking lots. To be honest, I 
consistently pass right on by. But once, when the first 
cold weather of the year was coming in, I stopped 
to talk with an aging homeless woman who 
self-identified as Gangster Granny. She had braces on 
both knees and a desperation in her voice 
reminiscent of the woman reaching for Jesus garment 
in Mark 5:25-29. I just want to get in out 
of the cold tonight, maam, she pleaded. 
   Although hesitant to help at first, upon 
looking her in the eye, I wanted her in out of the 
cold too. So, one short car ride and one bus fare 
later, I was sending her on her way to the local 
Salvation Army, who had assured us over the phone that 
there was room at the inn, so to speak. 
   I didnt think it all through at the 
time, but God made Gangster Granny"her graying 
hair and tired eyes and arthritic knees"and 
called her good.  
   Through my own selfish nature and human 
eyes, it was unfortunately difficult to call her 
   Thankfully, the fruit of the Spirit is 
goodness. So may we be fruitful, by the Spirits 
help, in beholding the divine goodness of Gods 
creation and treating it with divine goodness. 

   In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul lists the 
"fruit of the Spirit". Fruit, here, means 
"beneficial results," the good things that come from the 
Spirits indwelling. As the Holy Spirit works in our 
lives, our character changes. Where we had harbored 
selfishness, cruelty, rebelliousness, and spite, we now 
possess love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, 
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 
Everything in the list reflects the character of God, 
and goodness is one that relates directly to 
   Goodness is virtue and holiness in 
action. It results in a life characterized by deeds 
motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a 
blessing. It's a moral characteristic of a 
Spirit-filled person. The Greek word translated 
goodness, agathosune, is defined as "uprightness of 
heart and life." Agathosune is goodness for the 
benefit of others, not goodness simply for the sake 
of being virtuous. 
   Someone with agathosune will selflessly 
act on behalf of others. Confronting someone 
about a sin demonstrates goodness. So do giving to 
the poor, providing for ones children, 
visiting the sick, volunteering to clean up after a 
storm, and praying for an enemy. Expressions of 
goodness are as varied as the Spirit is creative. 
   Goodness is not a quality we can 
manufacture on our own. James 1:17 says, "Every good 
thing given and every perfect gift is from above, 
coming down from the Father of lights." This 
certainly includes a life characterized by goodness. 
In letting the Holy Spirit control us, we are 
blessed with the fruit of goodness. As others see 
our good works, they will praise our Father in 
heaven (Matthew 5:16). 


   Faithfulness flows from the fruit of the 
Spirits vine with divine fidelity. It is the ability 
to stay the course in a crisis or correct a 
corrupt circumstance. Faithfulness is a personal 
resolve to stay committed in marriage through 
sickness and health, richer and poorer and to death 
do us part. Faithfulness feels a compelling 
call from Christ to stay put in a career, 
especially when its not easy, knowing perseverance 
leads to righteous rewards. Invite the Lords 
faithfulness to you to facilitate your faithfulness to 
Him and others. 
   Are you at the crossroads of a 
commitment? Will you remain faithful, even though it is 
unfair and hard? It is easier to follow Jesus when 
He heals and forgives. It is harder to be a 
dedicated disciple when you are persecuted for your 
faith and demeaned for doing good. However, 
because Christ remained faithful to the Cross, on 
the Cross and after the Cross, you remain 
faithful to bear your cross for Christ. Make sure to 
keep your eyes on Jesus, not on the 
unfaithfulness of others. A friends unfaithfulness, even 
betrayal, is your opportunity to remain faithful. 
Scared friends may scatter and an insecure family 
member may gossip, but you still model loyalty to 
those you love. Love is faithful in the face of 
unfaithfulness. [Wisdom Hunters Devotional] 


   Gentleness is something I rarely 
experienced as a child. I was raised to be a man's man, 
rough and ready for anything. So being a 
"gentle-man" is something I have to work on daily. That 
may be why this quote from Abraham Maslow hit 
home for me: "If the only tool you have is a 
hammer, then every problem is a nail."  
   For many people this quote describes how 
they deal with the relationships in their lives. 
For example, a woman shared how growing up with 
an alcoholic father taught her to believe that 
yelling is the way to handle spilled milk, 
misbehaving children, a husband coming home late, and 
friends not meeting one's expectations. She wondered 
why her relationships didn't last.  
   In the Bible we have a whole toolbox full 
of principles taken from Jesus' teachings of 
the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. We also have 
support groups in which we share our faulty ways of 
thinking and what we've learned from our mistakes. We 
discover a whole new way of handling problems, and we 
are learning to become a part of the solution 
rather than the problem. We learn to redirect the 
energy we spend hammering ourselves and every other 
person in our lives into a new way of living.  
   Father, a hammer didn't work in my life, 
but your love did. Thank you for teaching me how 
to live a better life. In Jesus' name, Amen. 
[Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & Johnny 

   Gentleness is the fruit of the Spirit 
that germinates from God. Indeed, the voice of 
the Lord is gentle, but weighty in worth. He 
does not scream in a defensive or demanding tone, 
rather He speaks with authority under control. 
Speech initiated by the Holy Spirit is not harsh, 
but helpful"not loud, but loving"not testy, 
but tolerant. The gentleness of Jesus grows in 
the soil of patience, from the seed of 
sensitivity, with the water of humility. 
   We know we are governed by gentleness 
when the cadence of our conversation is not 
high-pitched with rapid-fire reactions. There is 
respectful dialogue without angrily attacking 
anothers motives. We prayerfully pronounce Gods 
principles as a fellow lifetime learner, not with an 
I have finally arrived, know-it-all 
attitude. Knowledge, wisdom and discernment delivered 
with gentle strength carry influence and insight 
to the recipient. So lead, teach and serve with 
the even keel of Christ. Always learn of Him and 
His meek and gentle heart. Your gentleness 
generates gentleness in others for Gods glory. A 
gentle soul saves souls! 
   But in your hearts revere Christ as 
Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to 
everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope 
that you have. But do this with gentleness and 
respect. 1 Peter 3:15 [Wisdom Hunters Devotional] 


   The last of the nine fruits of the Spirit 
listed in Galatians 5 is self-control. It is 
interesting that Paul puts self-control last. Other 
religions would put it first. Confucianism taught that 
self- control would help produce the "superior" 
man. Hinduism thinks self-control will produce 
the "realized" man. Stoicism thought 
self-control produced the "detached" man. Modern cults 
believe self-control produces the "happy" man. They 
all go about it the wrong way. We do not gain 
Christ through self-control; we gain self-control 
through Christ.  
   "Self-control" is used here as a 
by-product of love. When you begin with love, you end 
up with self-control. If you attempt it the 
other way around, then you end up with a nervous 
breakdown. The self-control that comes by the Spirit is 
not a nervous, anxious self-control; it is a 
control that is unstrained, therefore beautiful. No 
wonder a great thinker said, "Love Christ and do 
what you like, for when you do, then you will 
like what He likes. That's the kind of 
self-control the Spirit gives. We delight to control what 
needs to be controlled because we desire to please 
   Blessed Holy Spirit, I am so thankful 
that You are working in me to produce the image 
of the Lord Jesus Christ. May the aspects of 
His nature show through me more and more every 
day. In His names sake. Amen [Every Day With 
Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotionals Mat. 
27:41, 42] 


How can the fruit of the Spirit be found in 
the life of a person who does not have the 
Spirit? The answer lies in the fact that all men are 
created in the image of God, and even fallen men 
have some vestiges of the original image. It 
should not surprise us to meet an unbeliever who is 
kind, or a pagan who is joyful. All people have 
certain remnants of their Fathers nature in their 
personal temperament. However, what the Christian 
continually seeks to attain through the indwelling 
Spirit is nothing less than the restoration of the 
total divine nature, the finishing of the new 
creation. The perfect example of the complete 
harvest of the Spirit can be found in Jesus 
Christ, in whom the Spirit was given without measure 
(John 3:34). [College Press NIV Commentary] 


The Choice
   IT'S QUIET. It's early. My coffee is hot. 
The sky is still black. The world is still 
asleep. The day is coming. 
   In a few moments the day will arrive. It 
will roar down the track with the rising of the 
sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged 
for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude 
will be replaced by the pounding pace of the 
human race. The refuge of the early morning will 
be invaded by decisions to be made and 
deadlines to be met. 
   For the next twelve hours I will be 
exposed to the day's demands. It is now that I must 
make a choice. Because of Calvary, I'm free to 
choose. And so I choose. 
   I choose love  
   No occasion justifies hatred; no 
injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I 
will love God and what God loves. 
   I choose joy  
   I will invite my God to be the God of 
circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical 
 the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse 
to see people as anything less than human 
beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any 
problem as anything less than an opportunity to see 
   I choose peace  
   I will live forgiven. I will forgive so 
that I may live. 
   I choose patience  
   I will overlook the inconveniences of the 
world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my 
place, I'll invite him to do so. Rather than 
complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God 
for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my 
fist at new assignments, I will face them with 
joy and courage. 
   I choose kindness  
   I will be kind to the poor, for they are 
alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And 
kind to the unkind, for such is how God has 
treated me. 
   I choose goodness  
   I will go without a dollar before I take 
a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I 
will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. 
I choose goodness. 
   I choose faithfulness  
   Today I will keep my promises. My debtors 
will not regret their trust. My associates will 
not question my word. My wife will not question 
my love. And my children will never fear that 
their father will not come home. 
   I choose gentleness  
   Nothing is won by force. I choose to be 
gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in 
praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in 
prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of 
   I choose self-control  
   I am a spiritual being. After this body 
is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let 
what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose 
self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be 
impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only 
by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I 
choose self-control. 
   Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, 
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 
To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will 
give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace. 
And then, when this day is done, I will place my 
head on my pillow and rest. From When God 
Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado [Max Lucado Daily 
Devotional at maxlucado.com] 

   Have you ever sunk your teeth into a 
golden, sun-ripened peach just plucked from the 
tree? Once you do, it will make supermarket 
peaches taste like Styrofoam. A juicy, freshly 
harvested peach tastes the way a peach is supposed to 
taste, with no loss of essential peachiness.  
   Galatians 5 tells us that God's Spirit 
living within us will produce beautiful, flavorful 
fruit - far, far better than even the sweetest 
California or Georgia peach. This life-transforming 
fruit is genuine love, joy, peace, patience, and 
kindness. If you try to fake it and project these 
things on your own - faux love and plastic peace - 
it ends up tasting like Styrofoam, and the 
Spirit of Jesus will have nothing to do with it. 
Today's Scripture reminds us, "No branch can bear 
fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine." 
Son-ripened fruit is by far the best!  
   Holy Spirit, produce the sweet, genuine 
fruit of Jesus in me. Don't let me get away with 
phony peace, shallow love, and a thin veneer of 
kindness. I want people to taste the real thing in my 
life - a fresh tang that can never be mistaken 
for my poor efforts. And I want Jesus to receive 
the glory, not me - which I know is what You 
want too. [A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson 
Tada and Larry Libby re John 15:4] 


   I am creating something new in you: a 
bubbling spring of Joy that spills over into others' 
lives. Do not mistake this Joy for your own or try 
to take credit for it in any way. Instead, 
watch in delight as My Spirit flows through you to 
bless others. Let yourself become a reservoir of 
the Spirit's fruit.  
   Your part is to live close to Me, open to 
all that I am doing in you. Don't try to control 
the streaming of My Spirit through you. Just 
keep focusing on Me as we walk through this day 
together. Enjoy My Presence, which permeates you with 
Love, Joy, and Peace. (John 3:8; Gal. 5:22) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Rejoice in Me always. Let your gentleness 
be evident to all. I am near. Rejoicing in Me 
can protect you from the temptation to complain. 
When your circumstances are stressful, it is easy 
for you to become irritable. But I want you to 
demonstrate gentleness - not irritability. This is 
possible to the extent that you find Joy in Me. Since 
I am the same yesterday, today, and forever, 
there is always much for you to rejoice about.  
   You can be joyful in the knowledge that I 
am near. When a man and a woman are deeply in 
love, they often bring out the best in each other. 
Just being near the beloved can soothe 
irritations and increase happiness. I am the Lover who 
is always nearby - unseen yet tenderly present. 
I can soothe your frustrations and fill you 
with Joy as you tune in to My loving Presence. 
One way to do this is to thank Me for My 
continual Presence and My constant Love. When 
circumstances are getting you down, turn your attention to 
Me and consider the great Love I have for you. 
Rejoice! (Phi. 4:4, 5; Gal. 5:22, 23; Heb. 13:8; Psa. 
107:43) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Rejoice in the hope of My glory. Even 
though many people use the word hope to denote 
wishful thinking, My Glory-hope rings with the 
certainty of absolute truth! I have promised that all 
My children will share My Glory, and I intend 
to keep that promise. Moreover, I have all the 
Power I need - infinite Power - to enable Me to do 
   The nature of hope is that it refers to 
something in the future, something not yet. So you 
need to wait patiently for me to fulfill My 
promises. If patience is not your strong point, 
remember that it is a fruit of the Spirit. You can 
ask the Holy Spirit to help you wait hopefully 
in My Presence. Waiting is often a boring task 
unless you have something interesting to do or 
someone interesting to be with. When you wait in My 
Presence, rejoice that you are in the company of the 
Creator and Sustainer of the universe. I am 
infinitely more brilliant and creative than you can 
imagine. Delight in this awesome privilege of being 
with Me now and throughout eternity. (Rom. 5:1, 
2; 8:18; Gal. 5:22, 23; Psa. 37:4) [Jesus Today 
by Sarah Young] 




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred