The best solution for your Monday morning problem is a great Sunday!!!
Happy Monday, friends! I know Monday mornings get a bad rap sometimes, but I’ve always believed they are eminently redeemable. Fact is, the best solution for your Monday morning problem is a great Sunday – and yesterday was no exception.
My wife, Rebekah – who also happens to serve as senior pastor at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church – has been preaching a series of messages based on The Fruit of the Spirit. The Good News of the Gospel is always encouraging, but the emphasis of Galatians Five seems exceptionally appropriate right now, when this particular set of attributes appears in scant supply in so much of day to day life.
I’ve posted the entire passage below my signature, but here are the key verses that speak so profoundly into today’s world:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. – Galatians 5:22-23
Kindness & Goodness:
This week we talked about “kindness and goodness,” and their necessary relationship to love. But, Rebekah pointed out, this is not a checklist of things we can “do” in order to become better people… instead they are evidences that we have a vital, engaged, deepening relationship with God. We don’t “do” kindness and goodness in order to earn status with God, they come from our transformed character as we walk more closely with our Lord.
We don’t “do” kindness and goodness in order to earn status with God, they come from our transformed character as we walk more closely with our Lord.
Rebekah challenged us to take a good look at the examples Paul lists that stand in contrast to the fruit of the Spirit. It’s fairly obvious what tends to come to the forefront when we’re not following Jesus.
The key here on a Monday morning, I believe, is to invite Jesus into every aspect of this new day, every plan for this new week. When we live as intentional companions of Jesus it’s no longer about us, but about what God will accomplish through us.
What an amazing, inspirational opportunity! No wonder Mondays look so good – DEREK
Video ( a little shaky) of this weeks’s Praise Service – “Kindness & Goodness”
“I say be guided by the Spirit and you won’t carry out your selfish desires. A person’s selfish desires are set against the Spirit, and the Spirit is set against one’s selfish desires. They are opposed to each other, so you shouldn’t do whatever you want to do. But if you are being led by the Spirit, you aren’t under the Law.The actions that are produced by selfish motives are obvious, since they include sexual immorality, moral corruption, doing whatever feels good, idolatry, drug use and casting spells, hate, fighting, obsession, losing your temper, competitive opposition, conflict, selfishness, group rivalry, jealousy, drunkenness, partying, and other things like that. I warn you as I have already warned you, that those who do these kinds of things won’t inherit God’s kingdom.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the self with its passions and its desires.
“If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit. Let’s not become arrogant, make each other angry, or be jealous of each other.” Galatians 5:16-26
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.