Welcome to The New Day Meditations Character Building Fruit Series.
When I think of Building Character Traits Through Biblical Meditation, I immediately think of Galatians 5:22-23.
It reads like this in the KJV…
Meekness, temperance, against such there is no law.
These are all characteristics that we see in our Lord Jesus as we read and study the Bible.
They are also the character traits that he wishes to display in us and through us as believers and followers of himself.
In this series, we are going to take the next several weeks to allow ourselves an opportunity to build these character traits in us through biblical meditation.
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Where Does Character Building Start?
So, where does the character-building start? Or where do we begin to build character traits like Christ?
Well, the truth is my friend good character is not developed overnight… and to display and have Christ-like character takes time and dying to one’s self.
Here is something that we must keep in mind and it is that the fruit of the Spirit is just that… The Fruit of The Spirit.
Meaning that we don’t develop Christ-like character without the Holy Spirit teaching us and building us up in our most holy faith.
I could go on and on about how we need the Holy Spirit to help us and guide us.
For instance… John 14:26.
But the Comforter whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and he shall bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
And let’s not forget John 16:13.
Howbeit when he the Spirit of truth has come,
he will guide you into all truth, for he shall not speak of himself,
but whatsoever he shall hear that shall he speak, and he will show you things to come.
These are some amazing promises from God to all of his children.
But we must be willing to get out of the way and allow God the Holy Spirit to do the work in us that which only he can do.
The Fruit Belongs to God
Romans 11:36 tells us… Of him, and through him, and to him are all things… This especially means the fruit of the Spirit.
The Bible tells us in another place that we will bring forth fruit in our season…
But here is what we must remember about that promise though… And it is that we cultivate this fruit through meditation and through obedience to GOD.
So what we will be cultivating in the coming weeks is the fruit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, we will also be allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us and cultivate the fruit of gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
Everything Should Start With Love.
Beginning with love, we will commit to memory what I believe is the most important verse to remember concerning the topic of love.
The Lord Jesus said that if we get this part right everything else in our lives will fall in line as well.
Can you guess what I’m talking about?
I’m sure you can. And you would be right if you guessed this part…
Matthew 22:37-40 reads as such…
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like, unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Many say that They Love God!
Many of us say that we love God… But do we really love him?
The Lord Jesus gave us a litmus test so to speak… to let us know if we are really loving on him or not.
In the gospel of John 14:15 we find these words…
“If you love me you will keep my commandments.”
That sounds like a pretty simple test.
And to be quite honest my beloved, it is simple in instruction.
But, to execute it… or to flesh it out… well, that’s a whole different scene…
And this is where the practice of meditation plays such an important part in our ability to live the Christian lifestyle.
Through meditation, God promises that we will make our way prosperous and that we will have good success.
I believe that there’s is no greater area in our lives to be prosperous and have good success than in how we love God and others.
Until we learn to love God with all of our heart, and with all of our soul, and with all of our mind and strength…
We will never know how to love ourselves or others for that matter.
I Say Again… Everything Must Begin With Love.
God is LOVE.
So you see everything that exists in heaven and in the earth began with God. God is love.
I can’t think of anything that God has done that was not first motivated by love at its root…
I also believe with all of my heart that love is a topic that cannot be exhausted… Yet some of us as Christians may grow weary of hearing love being discussed… but nevertheless, it will still be a subject or a topic that cannot be exhausted.
There is so much too love… and about love that we as human beings don’t have knowledge of or even understand.
But we have a promise from our Heavenly Father, and it is that He will perfect that which concerns us as his children. Psalm 138:8.
You may be pondering the question in your mind of…
What does God want to perfect in me?
Well, beloved believe it or not… and I hope that you do believe me when I tell you that God our Father is concerned with everything about you… and… me.
But, the thing that is most important to him is that we learn how to properly love him first and also love one another.
Love is the most important aspect of our lives that he wants to bring to perfection.
Therefore, my dearly beloved, we must concern ourselves with the things that God is concerned with, and some of those things are found in what we as followers of Christ know as the love chapter of the bible. 1 Corinthians 13.
In 1 Corinthians 13:13 we find these words… And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
So… Let’s Talk About Love… Again.
We all know the golden rule. You know the one I mean…
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
But the world has a lot of us in the church so enamored with the philosophy of… get them before they get me.
And the do unto others as they have done unto me mentality.
This worldly mentality makes it hard to distinguish the child of God from the child of Satan.
This my beloved friend is a devilish philosophy that is rooted in lies, pride, fear, and selfishness.
While listening to the teaching of Dr. Timothy Jennings I heard him say that lies that are believed, is what breaks the circle of love and trust.
When the circle of love and trust is disrupted and broken the natural fruit of it, is fear, and followed by fear is the pride of life and selfishness.
The Bible teaches us that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 1st Timothy 1 verse 7.
We also read in 1st John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love cast out fear: because fear has torment. The apostle John also goes on to tell us that “He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Discovering Perfect LOVE.
So, what does, or better yet, who does perfect love look like? And how does perfect love behave?
Well, the truth of the matter is that when we ask the question of who and what does perfect love look like, and even behave itself most of us, if not all of us as believers of the Christian faith would say “The Lord Jesus”.
And we would be perfectly correct.
We need God the Holy Spirit to remove the veil from our hearts and to open the eyes of our understanding that we might get a closer and a more intimate look at our LORD and Savior.
Have you had a good look at the Lord Jesus lately?
While contemplating on this thing called love… the thought came to me to study through the behavioral traits that we find in 1st Corinthians 13…
and match them with the events and the acts of love that we find in the 4 Gospels performed by Jesus our Lord himself.
But, as I pondered this thought it then dawned on me that we only need to take notice of the Cross and the Crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.
This was and always will be the greatest act of love by anyone that exist or shall exist.
Our Lord himself said it this way in John 15:13. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.
Our main meditative focus on this day, and as it should be on all days, will be on love.
When we study in the book of 1st Corinthians we find in chapter 12, the Apostle Paul teaching and admonishing the Church about the importance and correct use of spiritual gifts.
In chapter 14, he puts emphasis on the gifts of prophecy and of tongues and how our gifts are to be used in public worship.
And right smack dab in the middle of it all we find chapter 13, The Love Chapter. This spoke to me in the sense that love should always be our principal motive and central focus.
Love is the greatest gift that we can acquire and give.
Love is the gift that keeps on giving.
Love is far more important than any other spiritual gift that we can obtain.
God is Love and Love is of God.
He has bestowed his love upon us through our Savior Jesus Christ because he is good and all the time good.
Therefore, we must choose to love one another as Our Great God has chosen to love us.
Let’s read 1st Corinthians 13
That it may help us to prepare our hearts and minds for meditating on the things of love.
We will be starting with 1 Corinthians 13:1.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now, we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Conclusion Of Character Building Fruit:
As we go forth this week let us reflect and meditate on the things of Love.
The Word of God tells us to “set our affection”. Well, let’s meditate and set our affection on Love.
God is Love and Love is of God.
Jesus said if we love him we would do what he says. He said for us to love one another as he has loved us.
Cultivating love… along with the fruit and other godlike character traits that love produces, is what we will be meditating on throughout this series.
And in doing so it is my deep desire that we might by the grace of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit receive a special spiritual gift and anointing to the effect that we may be established.
That this gift will cause us to be rooted and grounded in love and steadfast in the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
And as always beloved…
Keep up the good practice…
And experience the Power of God working to give you a new life…