August 30th – 1 Thessalonians 2:12

1 Thessalonians 2 :12

We’ve all heard the expression, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.” A perfect description of the Christian life. Because receiving Jesus as our Savior is a single step of faith, that turns into a lifelong journey. It’s a trek of constantly moving forward and growing in maturity as we walk with the Lord. And as we travel, along the way we develop Christlike characteristics that deepen our relationship with God. Characteristics that both allow the fruit of Spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”, to shine through us for the world to see, and to lead lives that glorify God. And characteristics that mirror our Lord, providing wonderful testimonies to a desperate world. These include righteousness, walking on a path not led by the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Rom. 8:4). And of course obedience, walking in a manner worthy of God, because it’s the way we show the world, and God Himself, the love we have for Him. (John 14:15)

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