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Fruit of Self-Control – Sun – 21-07-25



Have you ever noticed that people are interested in power? Often, they are like Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor on the old television series Home Improvement. Tim always wanted more power! He modified tools and appliances to have more power. Of course, the extra power didn’t always turn out the way he imagined, but that’s what helped make the show fun!

Gamers are one group interested in power. They want more power in the computer consoles or PCs they use to play graphic-intensive games. In fact, more powerful computers have been a focus for decades. Intel once had an advertising campaign focused on the slogan “Intel Inside.” Their campaign declared that the Intel sticker on a device told you it had “a real power source inside.”

Aside from computers, everyone is interested in having power over their own lives. We want to make our own decision and to control how and where we live. We also are interested in having will power to pursue our goals.

This week, we are focusing on the fruit of the Spirit called self-control. It is also about power. The word translated “self-control” comes from a combination of the word power with the word in. The concept is being inwardly strong, of having power over yourself. As followers of Jesus, we have been given God’s Spirit to transform our characters. We have a real power source on the inside!


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Fruit of Gentleness – Sat – 21-07-24



We live in interesting times. Around the world, attacks against Christians have doubled in recent years.1 In the United States, Christian values are often shouted down on campuses and in the virtual public square. Small businesses are sued because they refuse to engage in activities that violate their faith. Here is Dr. James Emery White’s reflection: “In current American culture, you are free to be a Christian as long as you don’t actually live out your faith, vote your faith, take a stand in relation to your faith, or believe others should embrace your faith.”2 He wrote that nine years ago. It is even more true today.

So, how should we respond in an increasingly hostile culture? Do we demand our rights? Do we agitate for change? Do we shout out our convictions? No, we use gentleness, sometimes called meekness. We respond without fear, but we make sure we are not harsh in our response. Here’s how Peter said it in 1 Peter 3:15-16, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,  keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

May God’s Spirit make us more gentle — more meek — each day!


  1. Christopher Vondracek, “Attacks on Christians double since 2017,” The Washington Time, April 22, 2019, https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/apr/22/attacks-christians-double-2017/.
  2. Dr. James Emery White, “Are Christians in America Under Attack?” Crosswalk.com, February 23, 2012, https://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/dr-james-emery-white/are-christians-in-america-under-attack.html

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Fruit of Gentleness – Fri – 21-07-23



Did you know that some celebrities are known to have a bad temper? Of course, you did! But did you know you can find a listing on the internet of the 12 celebrities known for big temper tantrums?* It was published in 2014, so I’m sure it would need to be updated today. Reading the list you see people who quarrel, are quick to anger and have had intense conflict with others – often captured on video. They are the opposite of gentleness or meekness.

But, being quarrelsome is not confined to celebrities only. Most of us fly off the handle at one time or another. We really do need God’s Spirit to produce gentleness in us.

Listen to 2 Timothy 2:24-26, “And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”(NIV)

Did you catch that phrase about gently instructing those who oppose him? It takes a lot of strength to respond to opposition with gentleness rather than anger. Perhaps that’s why we need the power of God to produce that gentleness in our lives.


*Kaye L, “12 Celebs Known For The Most Dramatic Temper Tantrums,” The Richest, December 20, 2014, https://www.therichest.com/entertainment/12-celebs-known-for-the-most-dramatic-temper-tantrums/

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Fruit of Gentleness – Thu – 21-07-22



Have you worked to develop your leadership? Leadership is an important quality. People often want to be the leader, whether that is being the captain of the team, the president of the class, the manager in business or leading in the community. Leadership is also in demand. Companies and organizations spend a lot of time and money developing leadership in employees.

So, people work on many things to improve their leadership. They learn to organize themselves, manage a project, read a budget and speak in public.  They also pay attention to the way they dress, how to meet others and shake hands, and how to mingle and converse in informal gatherings. But, would you work on meekness in order to become a better leader?

One of the misconceptions people have is that leaders are not meek. Brett Simmons believes that meekness is one of the most undervalued virtues of leadership. He is a consultant that teaches leadership in college MBA courses. He approaches the virtue from a secular standpoint, so some of his concepts don’t always align with the fruit of the Spirit. But I think he is right when he says, “Meekness is my response to your initiatives directed at me.”* In other words, it is the ability to absorb and dissipate what another thrusts at you. When others are irritating or harsh, meekness responds correctly, but not harshly, to produce positive results.

If you are a leader, or developing leadership skills, remember to focus on meekness.


*Brett L. Simmons, “Strong Meekness: An Undervalued Virtue Of Leadership,” August 21, 2011, http://www.bretlsimmons.com/2011-08/strong-meekness-an-undervalued-virtue-of-leadership/

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Fruit of Gentleness – Wed – 21-07-21



I’m sure you have experienced a burn before, right? They can be painful! Just a minor burn on the finger can hurt. Also any abrasion of the burned skin hurts more. When I was in high school, I remember someone having a bad sunburn on the back of their neck. Another student reached up and scratched the burn with fingernails. The poor victim yelped in agony. And that was a minor burn.

Can you imagine what it is like to have second and third degree burns that require hospitalization? How gentle the nurses and doctors have to be in treating those wounds! Even then, I’m sure it can be excruciating for the patient. Sometimes the treatment can’t avoid causing pain. But I’m sure they are careful not to cause any more pain than necessary to heal the patient. This is a picture of gentleness.

The same gentleness is needed in dealing with others when giving spiritual first aid. Paul wrote in Galatians 6:1, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.”(NIV)

One place we need gentleness is in encouraging others struggling with sin. We can’t come across like fingernails raking a sunburn! We need to be soothing, but still address the situation, even though it may be painful. This gentleness is how God deals with us.


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Fruit of Gentleness – Tue – 21-07-20



Have you noticed how hard it is to have a conversation when people disagree? Whether in person or on social media, people quickly lose their temper and fling hurtful words at each other. Sometimes they even stir up trouble to get others fired or censured. The word used now to describe this is cancelled. We have become quarrelsome. People lash out with a whip made of words in an attempt to subdue their opponents!

The apostle Paul understood this temptation. He wrote to a church that needed a lot of correction. In 1 Corinthians 4:21 he asked, “What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?”(NIV) I know what I’d prefer! I want to deal with people who have the gentle spirit! Whips don’t feel good!

Paul actually did not use a whip. In 2 Corinthians 10:1, Paul said he appealed to them with “the meekness and gentleness of Christ.”(NIV) He knew how to approach people who needed correction. This helps us understand what it means to be gentle or meek. It is the opposite of being harsh with others. It involves appealing to them in humility. Our approach must be soothing, not irritating. Today, check any temptation you have to whip others with words and appeal to them with the gentleness of Jesus.


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Fruit of Gentleness – Mon – 21-07-19



Several years ago, I started wearing a new type of shoe. I had a friend that wore sandals all the time. He loved them. That summer I decided to try that brand as well. The sandal had a closed toe and a piece that fit up the back of the heel. A hook and loop strap fastened across the top. They were light and cool. However, they rubbed a blister on the back of one foot. A tiny piece of plastic was lodged in the lining. I dug it out and they became comfortable. I have worn them for several summers. Sometimes, small things can make big sores!

This same principle applies to dealing with other people. In Matthew 11:29-30 Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”(NIV) Jesus compared his way with people to a yoke for animals. He described the yoke as “gentle,” meaning that it would not rub a raw spot like the sandals I purchased! This is the meaning of gentleness or meekness.

As you deal with others, remember that things that are small in your eyes can be a major irritation to others. Work to remove them. Strive to be a soothing, gentle person. That is what meekness is all about.


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Fruit of Gentleness – Sun – 21-07-18



I was searching for some information on the internet when I came across an interesting photo. It showed a glass display case. Inside were individually packaged pieces of multi-layered chocolate cake. They looked delicious! But the thing that made the picture interesting was the sign on the display case. It read, “Please do not tap on glass. It scares the cake.”* Someone has a sense of humor! This picture reminded me of a misunderstanding many people have — which I’ll talk about in a moment.

This week on the podcast, we are focusing on one of the most misunderstood virtues, meekness. It is listed in the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:23, that is, if you look at the King James Version. However, most newer translations use the word gentleness to describe the virtue. But it is the same basic word that Jesus uses in the Beatitudes. In Matthew 5:5 he says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”(NIV)

So how does the sign on the cake display relate? It is funny because we know fearfulness and cake don’t go together. But many think fearfulness and meekness do go together.  They think that being meek or gentle is akin to being timid and fearful. But that is not the case. Instead, it means being pleasant, soothing or friendly. We’ll look at Jesus as an example of gentleness tomorrow.


*Ana Samways, “Sideswipe: June 18: Timid cake,” New Zealand Herald, June 17, 2021, https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/sideswipe-june-18-timid-cake/WOGIHHMXH6IIVPNR36SQHXZGH4/

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Fruit of Courage – Sat – 21-07-17



Have you seen the video of the rescue of children from a burning building in Kostroma, Russia? It received a lot of attention in the middle of June. A fire broke out in an apartment on the top floor of a building. A man climbed up the three stories to the apartment by clinging to the drainpipe running down the outside of the building. Two other men also climbed up the drainpipe. The man at the top reached out to the window of the burning apartment and grabbed a child by the arm. He then pulled the child out and lowered the child to the man clinging to the pipe below him. This man, in turn, lowered the child to a third man on the drainpipe. The third man lowered the child to a woman on the ground. Two children were saved in this way. The men were nominated for awards recognizing their courage.*

I find it interesting that Paul gives some general encouragement to the Corinthians at the end of his first letter. In 1 Corinthians 16:13 he urges them to “be men of courage.” However, it is unclear in the rest of the book if the Corinthians were facing any specific threats or had a problem with fear. I think it was just a general encouragement. I think that encouragement applies to us as well. Remember, Be a person of courage.


*”WATCH: Brave Samaritans Scale Building’s Drainpipe in Russia to Rescue Kids Trapped in Fire,” News 18, June 15, 2021, https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/watch-brave-samaritans-scale-buildings-drainpipe-in-russia-to-rescue-kids-trapped-in-fire-3849503.html

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Fruit of Courage – Fri – 21-07-16



Those of us who live in the west, i.e. the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union, often miss seeing the persecution of Christians that exists in the world. In the 50 countries with the most persecution, 245 million Christians experienced high levels of persecution in the year ending November 1, 2018. In those 50 countries, 4,136 Christians were killed for their faith that year. 2,625 Christians were detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned. And 1,266 churches or Christian buildings were attacked.*

How much courage does it take to live for Jesus while facing persecution? The apostle Paul understood this question. He was imprisoned in Rome for his faith when he wrote Philippians 1:20-21, which says, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”(NIV)

For Paul, courage was a matter of priorities. His goal was not to live no matter what, but to exalt Christ, no matter what —  “whether by life or by death.”

Do you need some courage to live for Jesus? Check your priorities. If you seek to exalt Christ with your life, then it will be easier to stand firm for him in spite of the pressures you face!


*Lindy Lowry, “Christian Persecution by the Numbers,” Open Doors, January 16, 2019, https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/christian-persecution-by-the-numbers/.

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