I have always known about the fruit of the spirit and how we should live by it, you have probably heard that too. But, we only learn that; we never actually do it. We memorize the verse, but do not live by the verse. So, I came up with a challenge for myself that will last 9 weeks long. But, I decided I was going to turn it into a challenge for anyone else who would like to join. This challenge will be 9 weeks long, that may seem hard or super long, but it will be well worth it and become easier as the weeks pass by. Each week will work on a different fruit. I will be doing this challenge at the same time as you guys so, this has not been tested, but I hope it works. I hope to not only have those fruits for the 9 weeks, but to keep them forever.
With this challenge I will write one devotion about the fruit we are talking about and I will list 7 different verses talking about that fruit. I plan on first off memorizing the verse and than living by it. Memorizing is the easy part; anybody can do that if they try. The hard part is putting that verse in your life. We will also be praying to God to help us through this; without Him we could never do it.
In Galatians 5:22-23 when it says love it means charity. Charity is giving without expecting something in return. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us that “4Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy, love does not bust, is not rude, love bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things. When we do things for others if we do them without love we should not be doing them.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” We should love others as God loves us. Instead of talking down on others or gossiping, we should be finding good in them and care for others.
Do to others as you want done to you. (Matthew 7:12) Nobody wants to feel unloved or want others to do wrong to them. So, instead treat others how you want to be treated.
Luke 6:32-35 Tells us if we only love those who love us that does nothing. If you do good only to those who do good to you that does nothing. Instead love your enemies.
I want to love like You. I want others to see Your love in me. Show me how to love; teach me to always be patient and kind. Teach me to always find ways to love others.
Memorize each of these verses one a day. Or find your own and memorize them. Try to reflect these verses into your life.
1. Hebrews 13:2
2. Colossians 3:14
3. Acts 20:35
4. 1 Corinthians 13:4
5. John 13:34-35
6. Matthew 7:12
7. Luke 6:32-35
You can work on this challenge throughout the week. You do not have to do it in order. Just try to do them and remember to have a joyful heart and a giving heart while doing the challenge.
1. Complement something about someone’s personality (not looks)
2. Find someone who needs help and help them (Do not do this with a bitter heart)
3. Come up with your own way to show love
4. Pray for guidance on having love
5. Write down how You would describe love (Charity)
6. Write a verse that you like that talks about love
7. Find a verse about love and memorize it (preferable not one in this post)
8. With each verse you memorize try to live by that verse. Find a way to reflect it into your life.