“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians…
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
In our attempt to align our finances with our faith, it is helpful to have a measuring stick of sorts to know how we are doing. The fruits of the spirit outlined in Galatians are one of the best tools I’ve found to stay accountable in this area. If our soul is in the right place, and we are handling our money appropriately, we will see evidence of these attributes when we examine our finances.
One of the best outcomes we can experience from having our soul in the right place is peace. When you examine your financial world, would you say that you have a sense of peace about it? Hopefully you do, but if not, take some time to think about why that is. If we lack peace in our finances, it is often because we are missing some of the other fruits of the spirit as well. Do your finances reveal a spirit of patience, kindness, and self-control? These are the attributes that will ultimately leave you feeling peace in your financial world.
If you would like to put these fruits to work in your finances, here’s a couple ideas:
Express gratitude for what you have
Being grateful for the things we already have is a sign of a healthy soul. Many of our purchases fill a perceived need in our world, but many of us already have far more than we need. Try replacing the desire to buy with gratitude for what you have. It’s ok to spend money on yourself occasionally, but practice denying yourself some of the things you want from time to time. This is evidence of self-control.
Express kindness to others
Much of our financial resources get directed towards our own lives. Finding ways to intentionally bless others with your money helps us live beyond ourselves. Try giving a thoughtful gift, or donating some money to a charitable cause to express kindness towards others.
To your well-being,
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