Welcome to out ninth week of reading Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore. If you have been reading along with us, we’ve already covered love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness. This week we looked at the the fruit of Gentleness. We’ll be completing our study next week with a look at self-control.
Our guest post this week is from Tonya Jones, author of PoeticWord.org She is currently aspiring to obtain her seminary degree in Biblical Counseling with theological studies of the New and Old Testament. Tonya now manages and operates her own publishing company called By Faith Publishing through which she aspires to help others spread the love of Christ through poetry.
I pondered over how I could summarize this ninth week of such an amazing Bible study. Have any of you realized yet, that by studying the Fruit of the Spirit we were given a personal invitation to explore the inner and most sacred components of the heart of our Sovereign Creator, God Himself? And what is so wonderfully beautiful about it, is that we were given front row seats with the Holy Spirit Himself being our tour guide helping us to understand each of their divine characteristics.
Around 5:30 am this Sunday morning, these tingling sensations in my brain awoke me from a deep sleep saying “that’s it! That’s it!” I sat up, wanting to run to the tallest building overlooking the world and watch these little light bulbs popping on as each of you came into the same truth about our amazing study. I just knew that someone must have discovered what I just had. I wonder how many nights of revelations that Beth must have experienced as she researched to find the best narratives for this study. Since I realize that I could probably never put into words with clarity the revelation that suddenly invaded my thoughts on last evening, and how my heart overflows with this newfound adoration for our loving all-wise Heavenly Father, I will just stick to giving this week’s summary as best I can.
I applaud Beth Moore for taking these amazing characteristics of God and breaking them down for us to relate to. Her repository being the insights given by the inspired devout men of God, who remember were transformed by the Spirit themselves, “some remembering first hand accounts” expressed as best they could in scripture the full Fruit of the Spirit giving us all an inside view of the most intriguing attributes of our Triune Creator. Then ultimately, the most important and relevant truth that we all must realize is the only real way that any of us can experience the absolute fullness of this study is through our Faith.
In this ninth week, Beth explored the Greek word praotes, which when translated means gentleness. We learned that Gentleness in the Fruit of the Spirit has three important aspects submission, humility, and teachability. We learned how all of these components make up a gentle behavior that can only be obtained through complete surrender and faith. One can’t completely surrender unless one truly believes “correct”? They go hand in hand. In this weeks study, we observed how many great biblical characters, like Paul, John the Baptist, and even Balaam personal afflictions helped them to manifest these traits of gentleness furnished them by the Holy Spirit. Beth uncovered their personal battles with the flesh and outside opposition obscuring their desire to exercise humility and complete submission. We also learned the importance of being a great teacher, while sustaining the art of being teachable.
In conclusion, I’d like to say that I have truly enjoyed this study and look forward to sharing future studies at this wonderful Bible Café. I must end my summation now for fear that I began rambling to you about the amazing revelations that I just experienced. For those of you who have children will understand this last point probably better than those who don’t. When your child was born, your sole purpose became to teach this little person every thing you could about their parents. You instilled in them your beliefs, influenced them with your personalities and proudly watched as they grew into adult versions of yourselves. Imagine now how God the Father did with us at Creation. Created in their image it was imperative that we become familiar with the attributes that makes us part of their unique structure. Though we got side tracked and fell into temptation of the flesh, it was always evident that God the Father’s sole purpose was to help us come into our inheritance of the Fruit of the Spirit. After all, we are His children and He wants us to be just like Him. Scripture reveals how time after time God the Father breathed humility and gentleness toward our rebellious behavior. Yet the one part of the Trinity that I want to conclude with is the gentleness that embodied our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How humbling it must have been for him to take on human form and leave the comforts of Heavens perfectness to come and be Jesus for all of us, to this wonderful Spirit of whom we are now studying. I can’t think of a better teacher- can you?
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Beth Moore Quotes
- Gentleness is responsibility with power.
- Humility comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit.
- Physical posture can have great impact on spiritual stature.
- A precious part of gentleness is being willing and anxious to learn, regardless of who He chooses as our unlikely teacher.
- David accepted tragedy and failure as a challenge to search God’s Word.
- To miss God’s Word in our circumstances is to miss God. To miss God is to miss the point.
- The Sword of the Spirit is to injure Satan, not the body of Christ.
- To endure pain and suffering in the will of God is far better than to risk ease outside His faithful hands.
This Week’s Scripture Verse-NIV
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
For Next Week
- Read Week Ten in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Ten Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Ten Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Can you think of a time when you submitted to God’s will and He untangled your mess? (page 182)
- What are your ideas for esteeming others? (page 185)
- Have you ever had a stubborn period when you refused to listen to God? (page 189)
- How has God’s Word strengthened you in the past, or how can it strengthen you in the future? (page 192)