Devotional by Rachel Brown
We are faced with limits every day…limits that we place on ourselves and limits that others place on us. If we are not careful we can allow these limitations to define and shape our lives. One area that I have felt challenged on lately is the limits of my character. We serve a God who is limitless in His love, mercy, forgiveness, grace….and the list goes on.
The Bible says in Genesis 1:27, “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them”. If we have been created in His image, then we have the responsibility to reflect His character. To extend love, mercy, forgiveness and grace without limit. Easier said than done…right?
Galatians 5:22-23 (TPT) says, “But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.”
These qualities are meant to be limitless – without end, limit or boundary. And yet, we can often find ourselves being stingy extending them to others. I believe we can limit the fruit of the Spirt in our lives:
1. When we are self-focused rather than concerned about others.
2. When we believe we are not qualified to be used or blessed by God.
We live in a world that is longing for people who will not just call themselves Christian, but will be Jesus in the flesh. People who will display the very nature and character of God through every word, thought, and pore of their being.
I pray as we embark on Wave Conference 2019 with the theme of Limitless, that we will be changed from the inside out. That we will truly take off the limits and see our influence increase, our faith expanded and the presence of God inhabit every aspect of our lives so people will know Jesus!