Spiritual Resolutions

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed.
         —Proverbs 16:3

If you go for spiritual growth with your New Year’s resolutions, you’ll score big dividends. Paul put it this way: “Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Gal 5:16).

A paragraph later, he named nine qualities that he called the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (vv. 22, 23).

Make growth in these nine character-traits your resolutions for the year.

Here are some various translations of these virtues:

  • Love (affection for others)
  • Joy (gladness, exuberance about life)
  • Peace (serenity)
  • Patience (forbearance, longsuffering, an even temper)
  • Kindness (compassion, good will)
  • Goodness (benevolence, generosity)
  • Faithfulness (fidelity)
  • Gentleness (tolerance, meekness, humility)
  • Self-control (temperance, self-restraint, chastity)

Best wishes and Happy New Year.

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