Day 5: Fruitfulness

Galatians 5:22 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

“Believers are not called upon to summon up the strength within them, for their new way of life is supernatural, stemming from the powerful work of the Holy Spirit” (Schreiner, Galatians, 348).

“Goodwill toward other people is assumed for the new being. As elsewhere, treatment of others is grounded in God’s treatment of us” (Snodgrass, Ephesians, 252).

Prayer: Father, thank you for your kindness and your compassion, expressed to us in thousands of ways, but especially in Jesus Christ. Thank you for your Holy Spirit, whom you have given to us. Thank you for this brand new way to live, not by what we can produce, but by what the Spirit produces in us. Have your way in us, Lord! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship as we sing “Arms Open Wide” by Hillsong (click here).

-KW

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Day 4: Very Dear To Me

Philemon 15-16 (NIV)
15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever— 16 no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.

“This discovery of what it means to be accepted by God happens even more effectively through a discipling ministry. What people have missed at home they receive through a spiritual mother or father who unreservedly cares for them and reserves extended time just to be with them. It is a great boost to those whose spirits have been crushed by rejection and hurt to know that another person is truly committed to their welfare. Because of the many disappointments some have faced, they may not believe at first that the discipler unreservedly cares for them. But after some time, it becomes evident to them that it is true. They realize, ‘This person truly cares about me and is committed to my welfare.'” (Ajith Fernando, Discipling in a Multicultural World, 250).

Prayer: Father, may we be a place where people find that they are very dear to you as they experience true care in generosity and kindness. May forgiveness, healing, kindness and salvation overflow, and may disciples be raised up to care for others in this same way. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s welcome in the working of God’s kindness in our midst and through us as we sing “Way Maker” by Leeland (click here).

-KW

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Day 3: And Give

Matthew 10:7-8 (NIV)
7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Aren’t we also ones who have freely received? In God’s kindness we have received his healing, his life, his community, his Spirit, his message and our lives have been made new. And now we are called to give this message of God’s love-come-down to those God is bringing to our churches: those who come in hurt, wounded, sick, dead. May we freely give, just as we have freely received so they also may experience the kingdom of heaven with us!

Spend time today remembering how you freely received. Who invested their prayers in you? Who expressed Jesus’ love in tangible ways to you? Give thanks to God and then in that thanksgiving, give prayers to God for ones he is putting on your heart and give tangible love of Jesus to them this week.

 Prayer: Father, fill us with your Spirit’s empowering to give as joyfully and as freely and with as much kindness as you have given to us. We give what we have already received, so help us to receive afresh today so we can pour it out on our children, and on the students, the families, and the singles that you are bringing. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship as we sing “There’s Nothing That Our God Can’t Do” by Passion (click here).

-KW

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Day 2: Take

Titus 3:4-6 (NIV)
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior

Our first action is to take this gift of kindness, love, and mercy offered to us in Christ Jesus; to hold out our hands and open wide our hearts and let his kindness wash over us completely.  The end result of this gift is our salvation and rescue and new life! May we fully take what God is offering to us today with thanksgiving.

As new creations, filled with God’s Spirit, let’s turn away from anything the world has to offer.

Prayer: Father, we respond to you, for yours is always the first action. We respond to your kindness and love towards us in Jesus Christ by fully taking in your life-transforming work of washing and renewing. We turn away from the death-giving ways of the world and open up to receive the life-giving ways from you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship as we sing “One and Only Jesus” by Vertical Worship (click here).

-KW

 

 

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Day 1: Kindness

Let’s read aloud together the following passages and prayer:

Titus 3:3-7 (NIV)
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Prayer: Father, you are so kind, good, generous and loving towards me. How wonderful and marvelous that your kindness and love have appeared to me when I didn’t deserve it, and I can trust that this is how you will always treat me in Jesus Christ! Now that I belong to you, help me to treat others in the church with this kindness that comes from Jesus. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship our Savior as we sing “King of Calvary” by Matt Redman (click here).

-KW

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