Tag: fruit of the Spirit

"When you've been raised in or around the church, it's very easy to take in a whole lot of head knowledge and intellectualize your faith. It's easy to follow a bunch of Christian rules and just strive to be a better person. There comes a point, however, when you look deeper and realize that this just isn't working...and that it's actually not supposed to work like that. Everything changes when you let go and accept the fact that you can't live up to God's standards on your own. And ironically, when you acknowledge your failure, and focus on your relationship with Jesus, He actually enables you to meet the standard."
~ Phil Vischer
"Much of the American church has abandoned the idea that people's desires need to be transformed. Instead, we try to figure out what people desire, and then we tell them that Jesus is the way to get it. That's how we get people to come to our churches. But we rarely get to the place where we point out that what we should desire most is Jesus Himself."
~ Skye Jethani
"The fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.) is impossible to manifest by yourself. These things only come about in the context of relationship. That's why Jesus sent out His disciples 2 by 2...that's why He sends the church out as a body. Because He's not just revealed by you or me individually. It's in the relationship of believers that the love of Jesus is manifested to the world."
~ Skye Jethani