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Reaping the Fruits of the Spirit this Christmas

The fruit of the Spirit refers to nine attributes manifested in a person or community living in accord with the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” These are not nine individual “fruits”, but are collectively taken as one single fruit. This means the nine attributes are the result of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian.

 

The nine members of the CFC International Council, as their Christmas message to the global CFC family, reflect on each attribute to inspire us all as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Joy - Michael and Carel Ariola

Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go. ~Anonymous

 

Did that joke make you smile? It probably made some of you smile. Others may have snickered a bit, but some showed not even a smirk. Haha!

 

JOY does not depend on whether you’re smiling or not, or whether you’re happy or sad. JOY, one of the nine attributes in the fruit from the Holy Spirit, is the assurance of this one Gospel truth: that God is with us, God is in us, and that He is ever present and will never leave us.

 

Merry Christmas, dear CFC! And may Jesus, the cause of our JOY, remain in all of us today and always!

 

Kindness - Ricky and Irma Cuenca

 

Kindness is the virtue of showing love and having a sympathetic, affectionate, warmhearted and considerate nature. It is having concern and respect for others. It needs to be showcased. Kindness can be manifested in a simple smile or in helping someone cross the street. We all need to use this virtue in every situation, especially during these times when people are rushing, there is heavy traffic and people are impatient. We all have the ability to choose how we treat others. Let us choose to be kind. For me, it is much more important to give kindness than to receive it because it not only gives another person the opportunity to feel better about themselves, it also gives me the ability to feel better about myself. Giving kindness to others will always be rewarding. Let us do random acts of kindness every day of our lives.

 

 

 

Patience - James and Ella Solano

 

Every day, we are in the middle of a battle between good and evil. The evil temptations in this world—pride, greed, lust, anger and the like—all pose a challenge to every Christ follower. Thus, it takes a lot of self-control for Christians to walk as true models of God's Kingdom and His righteousness.

 

This Christmas season, our challenge is to become Christians who can patiently stand firm in the faith, to do good, show true godly love, and become gentle servants of the Lord. May we all grow in self-control in our decisions, especially when we are faced with difficult situations. Let us peacefully allow God’s will to happen in our life.

 

Merry Christmas, brothers and sisters!

 

 

Faithfulness - Lito and Linda Tayag

 

Let us all rejoice for we have a faithful God!

 

His promise of a savior has been fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. Without Him we are doomed to eternal damnation. May we respond to God's faithfulness with our own faithfulness to our own mission of being families in the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the earth.


A blessed and joyful Christmas to one and all!

 

Love - Melo and Nini Villaroman

 

Among the attributes of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, LOVE could be the best-known, yet most misunderstood, for the world has been overusing the word. Love is used to sell hamburgers ("I'm lovin' it!") or to give up on someone ("There is no longer love in our relationship!").

 

Love as a fruit of the Holy Spirit is "Agape love".   Goodness and compassion cannot be defeated, the triumph of unconditional benevolence cannot be conquered by any force in the universe, because this love flows out of the heart of God Himself. This is the LOVE that never tires to invite and embrace us to intimacy with God when we are "down and out". This LOVE is the grace that molds us daily towards holiness, unattainable by our own strength. This fruit of love stirs our hearts, awakens our minds, and moves our bodies to mission -- so that we can strive to be families, despite our own hardships,  radiating the light and hope of baby Jesus to a desolate "new Israel". This is the LOVE  that has become flesh in the manger, so that through  "God with us", we will not be afraid to live each new day of the coming year in Fullness. Our homes, workplaces, and areas of mission will never be the same again because this LOVE lives in us, and in them, we can choose to be this kind of LOVE, the greatest and most potent in the universe. Take courage. Be not afraid. This LOVE never fails!

 

 

Gentleness - Joe , Mila and the Yamamoto family

 

Nothing is as strong as GENTLENESS; Nothing so gentle as real strength ~St. Francis de Sales

 

The Latin translation of “gentleness” is Mansuetedo. Gentleness in Greek is Praotes, and is commonly known as meekness. The word is best translated as meekness, not as an indication of weakness, but of power and strength under control. The person who possesses this quality pardons injuries , corrects faults, and rules his own spirit well. During this season of Christmas, may the Baby Jesus pour upon us the bounty of God’s blessings. Gentleness allows us to receive openly and fully the whole spirit of Christmas. A blessed Christmas to all.

 

Peace – Reggie and Janet Ragojos

 

Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. – James 3:18

 

In our modern world, it seems that peace is an elusive ideal.  All around us is chaos, from the traffic in the streets, to the rumors of war, to evil attacks on innocent people, to ideologies that seek to shut out all opposition.  But we Christians ought not to focus on these but on our Savior who, by his coming to earth as man, already ensured our salvation.  It gives one peace to know that, simply by living as He lived, and loving as He loved, we can claim the reward that awaits us in heaven.


May we all find peace in our hearts this Christmas and radiate the love we receive, especially to those who need to know that God loves them too.

 

Added on Thursday, January 11, 2018



 

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