The Right to Choose the Right Response


BY KAREN JETHROE


Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.


Happy New Year!!!


How has the year started off for you? Mine has been quite a whirlwind of emotions. There are things that happened that left me broken-hearted. Other times, I was literally overcome with joy unspeakable.


There were times that I was so angry I felt as if I could spit nails. There were times when fear gripped my heart so strongly, I could barely breathe.


And how could I forget that day when frustration challenged me to abandon my faith, and betrayal almost made me bitter!


Every one of these circumstances created opportunities for me to react badly at the moment or to patiently allow the Holy Spirit to respond correctly through me.


This passage of scripture (Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.) from the Passion Translation has been a tremendous blessing to my life and in helping me to mature in the emotional places where I often fall short. The whole point of having these virtues is so we can respond virtuously in any situation.


I am ashamed to say that this has not always been the case in my