Today we continue our devotions from the book “Time with God for Fathers by Jack Countryman.”

I John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

There’s a clean record that only God can give…

The forgiveness of sin is one of God’s greatest gifts to those who are in Christ. The slate has been wiped clean, and he has promised to never remember or mention our sins again.

Because of God’s total, unconditional, overwhelming and abundant love, he chooses to not only forgive our sins but also to remove them from his presence forever. The beauty of God’s forgiveness opens the door for each of us to have the relationship with him that he wants…and we need.

His love overshadows everything that we have committed. Remember, too that God’s mercy does not give us the freedom to sin, expecting more forgiveness; rather, it gives us the freedom to move past the mistakes we have made and into a deeper richer relationship with him and with our loved ones.

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

As a Christian leader, God is calling you to walk in the spirit and your relationship with those you love and cherish. The transparent life that God wishes you to lead brings out the fruit of the spirit.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are all given to you by the Holy Spirit.

When the life you lead is God-centered and your relationship with Christ is a priority, the rewards you receive are the fruits of the spirit.

Only God can change your heart and give you that certain peace that passes all understanding and reflects the person God wants you to be. Remember those fruits are not simply one mark of a spirit-filled life…they are the essence of a spirit-filled life.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd