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“God created human beings, making them to be like Him.” Genesis 1:27
God made human beings like Himself? Really? I often cling so tightly to ME that I wonder how others could possibly see God in me. Yet 1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Surely you know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you!”
So, if God made us to be like Him, and His Spirit lives within us, what SHOULD we be like? Galatians 5: 22-23 says, “The Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.”
I don’t know about you, but I just can’t live up to that on my own. In order to show the world what God is like, I need help. Only God’s Holy Spirit can replace envy with His love, despondency with His joy, worry with His peace, anger with His patience, rudeness with His kindness, selfishness with His goodness, disloyalty with His faithfulness, pride with His humility, and overindulgence with His self-control.
Known as the “Fruits of the Spirit”, these attributes will only be evident when we invite God’s Spirit to work as the Master Gardener in the orchard of our souls—feeding, watering, pruning, and harvesting—through Scripture, prayer, the fellowship of other Christians, and walking in faith.
©2015 Pamela D. Williams