The “Withouts” (needing the Beatitudes and the fruit of the Spirit)

Life will go better if you avoid being without the Beatitudes and the fruit of the Spirit! Open your life up to them today!

  • Without being poor in spirit we’ll be easily deceived and ruled by the kingdom of pride.
  • Without mourning we’re seldom motivated to turn to the risen Jesus for comfort and healing but godly sorrow brings inner renewal.
  • Without being meek (moldable) we won’t be willing to allow God to bend us to His will.
  • Without hunger and thirst for righteousness, we’ll become mired in mischief and self-destruction.
  • Without being merciful bitterness will consume and control us.
  • Without a pure heart our impurities will slowly poison us.
  • Without making peace with God and other people, will be mired in internal and external conflict.
  • Without rejoicing and being glad about what God has promised us, persecution will overwhelm us.
  • Without love loneliness and selfishness prevail.
  • Without joy we descend into discouragement and depression.
  • Without peace anxiety troubles us.
  • Without patience waiting torments us.
  • Without kindness our heart fills with apathy.
  • Without goodness badness rules within us.
  • Without faithfulness we follow our whims.
  • Without gentleness we rush into rudeness.
  • Without self-control life does a nosedive.

Some desires need to be resisted. Others need to be cultivated. Wisdom knows the difference.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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