LASTing Peace, Beyond Belief, Week 5c

Here we go, moving into the nitty-gritty of what spiritual maturity looks like. Let’s take an up-close-and-personal look at the individual fruits of the spirit this week.

God’s Stamp on Our Lives

Hebrews 1:3
“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.”

What kind of character do you have? When I was little, we used “character sketches” in our family Bible times. These were short stories which used nature to highlight admirable character qualities. The English dictionary says that character is the combination of “traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing”.

As Christians, we desire to develop godly character traits. We want our character to be made up of the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. These qualities develop out of a relationship with God. Jesus was the perfect example of these qualities.

In Greek, the word character means: “the instrument used for engraving or carving, the exact expression of a person”. Think of a rubber stamp. When you place it on the page, it leaves the exact representation of the stamp.

Hebrews 1:3 says that Jesus represented the exact “character” or stamp of God. As we seek to grow Fruits of the Spirit in our lives, we should look to Jesus. He showed us exactly what God looks like. As He is the exact imprint of God, so we want His imprint to characterize our lives.

LASTing Peace, Beyond Belief, Week 3c

Guess what? After this week, we’re halfway through our six-week study together. If you haven’t picked up your copy of the book, [http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Belief-Jesus-Saved-What/dp/1632131145/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436633987&sr=8-1&keywords=beyond+belief+abby+kelly] it’s not too late. You can watch these videos at your leisure and do the study at your own pace. And of course, I’d love to dialogue with you about it here, on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506106005] or on my blog: http://www.predatory-lies.com.