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SpiritFire: Who Can Argue with these Qualities?
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.
Who can argue with goodness, peace, and joy? These three virtues are not obtained by human effort. Yes, a passion to possess these godly qualities is necessary, but the source of these qualities is the Holy Spirit alive in us. Goodness, peace, and joy have their source in God's nature and are made real in us through the work of the Holy Spirit. As we invite the Holy Spirit to reign over our inner world, our character is transformed to be more like Jesus (2 Cor. 3:17-18). So let's yearn for the Holy Spirit to transform us to be more like Christ and trust that the Spirit's influence will be displayed in our lives through goodness, peace, and joy.
Father, don't let me be distracted or addicted to food or drink. I want to be sustained and fed spiritually and emotionally by the presence of your Holy Spirit within me. I specifically pray that your goodness, peace, and joy will become more and more apparent in my life as I seek to honor Christ and yield myself to the influence of your Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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