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The Work of The Holy Spirit In Disciples’ Lives - The Gifts of the Spirit and The Fruit of the Spirit
We love mystery. We love to plumb the depths of the “unknown” to make it known and to possess special knowledge. Our attraction and desire to uncover mystery and reveal the “hidden,” is expressed in the church world by believers who focus on things that appear to be mysterious regardless of their degree of importance. Our historic excitement over “The Gifts of the Spirit” is one case in point. I cannot deny the significance, nor do I intend to minimize the importance of the Gifts of the Spirit in the life of the church. It is, however, important to “right-size” the discussion about the Gifts of the Spirit in the church in relationship to the Fruit of the Spirit.
We are in a storm right now! Perhaps you feel anxious or even downright fearful about your health and the well-being of those you love and care for most. Let me encourage you by saying that Fear is a God-given emotion in that it causes us to heighten our awareness of the dangers that are all around us. Perhaps you are washing your hands more, or cleaning and sanitizing your home more frequently. These actions are the healthy result of fear and caution.