Joy; Meekness; Patience; Honesty; Wisdom; Sickness; Obedience; Courage; Fear; and Hope. Taken from the New International Version (NIV).
Joy: Psalm 118:15: "Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous; "The Lord's right hand has done mighty things!"
Oh yes indeed it has and will continue to do so. Does anyone have anything to share that shows the good?
Meekness: Psalm 149:4: "For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation."
Humbling ourselves before God brings us closer to Him, for He does not like a person who is prideful, egotistical, you name it.
Patience: 1 Peter 2:20: "But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God."
Patience is a virtue. I remember my first small group and we had discussed patience. The other two women had started laughing and stated you never want to ask for patience. I thought it a bit odd, even though one said that he will give it to you alright.
So miss stubborn one that I am, prayed one day for patience with the grand kids, as the one with aspergers was really getting the better of me.
Oh let me tell you, I found out real quick why they were laughing and said to never pray for patience. Woo doggie, He laid it on me big time. Talk about a test of faith. At first I was thrown into a tail spin, and then realized He was testing my patience in a major way.
So, practice patience, but never ask for it. ;) Trust me, He will make sure you find it. Hee hee. At least the three of us got a good laugh out of it.
Honesty: Proverbs 11:1: "The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight."
Just be honest. I know that sometimes it's hard as you want to spare someone their feelings. And there are times when it's best to just keep quiet. But as far as lying and taking advantage of people is wrong. Honesty is the best policy.
Sure hope you all aren't getting tired of my old cliche's. ;)
Wisdom: Ecclesiastes 2:26: "To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind."
I'm sure you are with me on this, I would rather please Him.
Sickness: Matthew 4:23-24: "Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them."
Yes indeed. Ask and you shall receive. If you do not, remember He is working on you. We are a blob of clay that He is slowly molding into perfection. Can you feel Him working on you?!
Obedience: Deuteronomy 7:12: "If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your forefathers."
Plain and simple, we follow God's rules and we get eternal life. How awesome is that!
Courage: 2 Kings 6:16: "Don't be afraid,' the prophet answered. 'Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
I've learned this over the years. I've over come many fears once coming to the Lord and reading and listening, and listening and reading. There is no need for fear when in the Lord.
Fear: Proverbs 1:33: "But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."
What a great promise this is, one that He will provide. Cast all your cares up to the Lord and He will guide you.
Hope: 1 John 3:3: "Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as he is pure."
Need there be more said?