1. What Self-Control Is; 2. Where Self-Control Comes From; 3. How Self-Control Grows
Gentleness is NOT timidity or fear; neither is passivity or indifference. So what is it? And where do we learn gentleness?
“Great is Thy Faithfulness” goes the beloved hymn. The Holy Spirit produces the quality of faithfulness in God’s people. That looks like honesty, integrity, and single-mindedness – that looks like Jesus.
The prophet Micah asks and answers a vital question: “With what shall [we] come the LORD and bow down before the exalted God?”
Ah, kindness. How sweet it makes life! But more than that, our salvation is rooted in the kindness of God.
Just after World War II the poet W.H. Auden penned his last book-length poem. In doing so, he coined a phrase that still resonates today: “The Age of Anxiety.” But God promises “the peace that transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) to those whose “only comfort in life and death is their faithful Savior, Jesus Christ” (Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A #1).
Joy: A Result of God’s grace, not a requirement
Joy: it has a history
Joy: It can be yours!
“A supernaturally changed life is not the same as a morally restrained life” (Dr. Tim Keller). The Fruit of the Spirit grows in the lives of those who are being changed from glory to glory, by the Lord, who is the Spirit.