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From the Pulpit: I choose...

August 25, 2013
By THE REV. WILLIAM C. STOUT - Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church , Weirton Daily Times

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)

I came across this recently, and it seems worth sharing. These are virtues that the Holy Spirit is eager to produce in the lives of all those who wish to follow Jesus Christ.

I choose love...

No occasion justifies hatred, no injustice warrants bitterness.

I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy...

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance.

I will refuse the temptation to be cynical...the tool of the lazy thinker.

I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God.

I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I choose peace...

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live

I choose patience...

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world.

Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite them to do so.

Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray.

Instead of clinching my first at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I choose kindness...

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I choose goodness...

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast.

I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness...

Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust.

My associates will not question my word. My spouse will not question my love.

And my children will never fear that their parent will not come home.

I choose gentleness...

Nothing is won by force, I choose to be gentle.

If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer.

If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I choose self-control...

I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar!

I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control.

I will be drunk only by joy.

I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God.

I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control... to these I commit my day.

If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace.

And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

May we humble ourselves before the Lord, that He may accomplish His perfect will through us.

("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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