Scripture: Luke 6:12-19; Psalm 37:1-11
This Sunday is the first Sunday in Lent. Traditionally, Lent is a period of 40 days where Christians walk alongside Jesus, as he journeys towards Holy Week where we mourn Jesus’ death and celebrate his resurrection. During the season of Lent, we are often asked to reflect on how we can change our lives to become more like Jesus. Towards this end, over the next six weeks, we are going to focus on what is known as the Fruit of the Spirit.
The Fruit of the Spirit and they are outlined by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Galatia. Paul tells us that the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. During the season of Lent, we are going to attempt to cultivate these qualities in our own lives by becoming more in touch with God’s Spirit inside of us. Therefore, each week during Lent, we will focus on a different quality from the Fruit of the Spirit.
TC began our Lenten sermon series on Ash Wednesday by talking about the quality of self-control. TC’s message was that part of the Christian walk is identifying those areas of our lives where our lack of self-control is causing harm to ourselves and the people around us so that we can correct those areas. In this way, the quality of self-control is a really important foundation for the Fruit of the Spirit we’re going to be discussing on Sunday—patience.
I’ve got a lot of interesting stories to tell and I look forward to the opportunity to talk about this quality that is hard for many of us, but so important to the Christian walk. It’s going to be a wonderful Lenten Journey. Together, we will draw closer to Jesus through the Fruit of the Spirit. I’ll see you on Sunday!