My New Year’s Resolution

My New Year’s resolution is twofold.

First, I would like to work on the nine qualities of the “Fruit of the Spirit” – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

In Dr. David Jeremiah’s devotional “Destination,” he defines each as the following (taken from a sermon by pastor and best-selling author Robert J. Morgan):

Love is the determination to meet the needs of someone else.

Joy is the ability to appreciate life.

Peace is the calmness and confidence of knowing God is in control.

Patience is the knack of putting up with people and circumstances.

Kindness is the practice of going out of our way to do nice things for people.

Goodness is the display of moral integrity.

Faithfulness is the habit of being utterly dependable.

Gentleness is the soft covering of strength.

Self-control is the capacity of doing what we don’t feel like, and not doing what we do feel like.

Second, I would like to build my spiritual muscles, maturity and faith, again using Dr. David Jeremiah’s definitions (from his Turning Points Magazine, January 2014):

Building spiritual muscles – Bible study, prayer, worship, fellowship, giving, Bible memory, and others. These are exercises every Christian must engage in if we are to grow in spiritual maturity.

Build spiritual maturity – Various areas of service and ministry where we use our spiritual muscles in service to Christ. 

Build spiritual faith – This is when we take our eyes off our muscles and our abilities and trust God to do things through us that only He can do.