May today be your best day

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Stay strong”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “May today be your best day”
 
I believe one of the best measures of how a person is doing in terms of spiritual growth, spiritual maturity, and increasing spiritual strength, is the degree to which the attributes known as “the fruit of the Spirit”, as described by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23, are evident in the person’s life.
 
Progressively, over time, as the Holy Spirit works in your life molding you and shaping you into the person God intends for you to be, the fruit of the Spirit in your life should become increasing a part of who you are as a person. The more the character traits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are evident in your life, the more progress the Holy Spirit has made in your spiritual growth and development. Those attributes simply become who you are as a person.
 
Many years ago, I adopted Galatians 5:22-23 as one of my life verses. I want this to be true of me, and so I memorized the passage and I make it part of my personal prayers virtually every morning. I ask the Spirit to work in my life and to develop more of this fruit in me today. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I’m definitely a work in progress – I’ve got a long way to go. But hopefully I’m better today than I was yesterday, and hopefully I’ll be better tomorrow than I am today. May that be true for you as well.
 
This morning I read another of the Puritan era prayers from the little book “The Valley of Vision” which I’ve referred to before. The writer prayed, “Let those around me see me living by thy Spirit … If my life should end today, let this be my best day.”
 
Yes, let today have been my best day. And then, may tomorrow be even better.
 
It’s my prayer for all of us that we are all getting better and stronger day-by-day, and that today will turn out to have been your best day so far.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim  
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