The Spirit gives us insight, which helps us look beyond ourselves to others to see their needs and perspectives-and care.
10 If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!
Certainly, this verse has to do with courage, but I’m thinking that most of the time it has to do with convenience. We get caught up in our own plans and what we are doing to the point that we are reluctant to allow for interruptions. We become impatient.
Impatience manifests itself as anger, rolling eyes, quick and/or harsh movements, acid tongue, berating words and punishing behavior.
Our strength is in the Spirit. His work in us is the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. When we allow Him to grow these fruits in our lives, we do not fight guilt, we do not succumb to pressure from others, we are better able to defeat temptation, and we are finally able to love others as Christ loved the church: we give our very lives for each other. “Against such things there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23.
Let’s keep looking upward to Him for encouragement and fellowship, inward for help from the Spirit, and outward to others as we demonstrate Christ to those around us.