This past New Year’s Eve, I turned 40. When I end and approach a decade, I like to spend time reflecting on where I can grow. I look forward to the next decade and the relationships that I will encounter. There will be many changes for me this upcoming decade as my children will turn into teenagers. My husband and I will be approaching our 20, 25, and 30 year anniversaries. My parents are approaching retirement age. And my friendships and colleagues continue to be critical to fulfilling God’s purpose in my life.
So this year I wish to seek how can I better approach my connections with others in grace and love? In a world that speaks so much about tolerance, what are ways that I can protect myself from being spiritually attacked by others, to live a life free from drama, and to escape foolish behavior? How do we do this while being in the world and not of the world? How do our relationships cultivate the salt and light in us?
So pray with me that this year as I grow in this study, that God will give me the wisdom and words to share with you in cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in one another. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Dr. Beth Ackerman is the Associate Dean, School of Education, at Liberty University. Learn more about Liberty University here.
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