Galatians 5:22-23 (CSB) The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Psalm 12:1 (NLT) “Help, O LORD, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth!”
Deuteronomy 33:27 (NLT) The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.
Psalm 100:5 (NLT) For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Psalm 25:8-10 (NIV) Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful…
Isaiah 33:6 (NIV) He will be the sure foundation for your times.
Proverbs 25:26 (NCV) A good person who gives in to evil is like a muddy spring or a dirty well.
1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV) Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
Luke 16:10 (NLT) “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”
Psalm 15:4 (NAS) He swears to his own hurt and does not change.
Isaiah 50:6-7 (TLB) “I give my back to the whip, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard. I do not hide from shame—they spit in my face. Because the Lord God helps me, I will not be dismayed; therefore, I have set my face like flint to do his will, and I know that I will triumph.”
1 Peter 4:19 (NIV) So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Galatians 6:7-9 (GNB) A person will reap exactly what he plants. If he plants in the field of his natural desires, from it he will gather the harvest of death; if he plants in the field of the Spirit, from the Spirit he will gather the harvest of eternal life. So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest.
Matthew 25:21 (ESV) “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”
Is there someone who’s been an example of a “good & faithful” person that has inspired you?
See if you can make a list of 10 synonyms for these two qualities. What connection is there between these two fruits of the Spirit?
What obstacles seem to keep people from being “faithful in the little things”? What can we do to keep ourselves motivated in the day-to-day responsibilities that the Holy Spirit uses to develop faithfulness in us?
What really motivates you to be “Good” the most? The least?
If someone complemented you for being good, or being faithful (or both) what would your initial reaction probably be? What would the truest reaction you could have to that kind of compliment be?
Which of the points of this message really seemed to speak to you most strongly about how to develop these qualities with the Spirit’s help? Which scriptures seemed especially insightful or encouraging to you in your journey?
Elementary Parents, we continued our series on generosity which we have defined as love in action today. Ask kids who was hungry in our story. (Ruth and Naomi) Who saw a need and helped them? (Boaz) Boaz provided for Ruth and Naomi far above and beyond what was required of him by Jewish law. He is a great example of our bottom line: Look for ways to help someone. Is there someone you and your family can help?
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.