As I continue with this series, Do You Belong, I am reminded of the gifts God give His children as we attempt to find our way while we are here on this earth. Spirit-led people have these wonderful virtues of godly character as the result of God’s Spirit acting from within us. As we seek God, His Spirit produces this “fruit” in our lives. One of the secrets to belonging is to seek God first. I’ve placed a verse or two under each attribute — verses that can encourage us as we try to find our place and our people.
Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
— 1 Corinthians 13:5 —
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.
— Ecclesiastes 9:7 —
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
— 1 Peter 5:7 —
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:7 —
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
— Romans 5:3-4 —
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
— Ephesians 4:32 —
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
— Galatians 6:10 —
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
— Proverbs 3:3-4 —
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
— Ephesians 4:2 —
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…
— James 1:9 —
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
— Proverbs 15:1 —