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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
- Galatians 5:22-23 (CEB)
For the last six years, my husband and I have been teaching in a bilingual school in the northeast part of Thailand. The plain silver cross I wear has given me a connection to Thai Christians, despite the language barrier between us. One heartwarming experience was hearing a voice in the local marketplace say in hesitant English, “Are you a Christian? I am too. God bless you!” Unexpectedly, I was connected to another person by warm Christian fellowship that enveloped me and made me thankful for God’s goodness and encouragement.
While I was glad to be recognized as a Christian by my cross, I would rather be identified as a follower of Jesus by my actions and by the way I conduct my life. Too often I fail to live up to the teachings of Christ in my everyday life. However, as I study the Bible, pray, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, I trust that with God’s help, I will become more like Jesus and show his love and compassion in my life.
Margaret Anne Martin (Otago, New Zealand)
Thought for the Day
How do I show God’s love to those around me?
O God of all the world, help us each day to follow your teachings faithfully and to show — through the way we live — that we belong to you. Amen.
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