A couple of weeks ago we spoke on how our trials and the things we go through can accomplish ‘Character Development’; this week our topic will be how God transforms us into the ‘Image of Christ with the Fruit of the Spirit’ being manifest. 

Trials have a couple of purposes:

1)      Reveal what is on the inside of us

2)      Transform us into the image of Christ 

When you think of being transformed into the Image of Christ several characteristics come to mind and these do not exhaust the list:

1)      Servant                             

2)      Humility

3)      Obedience

4)      Patience

5)      Long-suffering

6)      Gentleness

7)      Unconditional love

8)      Joy 

As you read over the above list, below are some scriptures that can be applied to those areas in which you may be struggling:

Servant:

“—but through love you should serve one another.” (Gal. 5:13) 

Humility:

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) 

Obedience:

“If a person (really) loves Me, he will keep My word {obey My teaching};” 

Patience:

“Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.” (Rom. 12:12) 

Long-suffering:

“And consider that the long-suffering of our Lord {His slowness in avenging wrongs and judging the world} is salvation—.” (2Pet. 3:15) 

Gentleness:

“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle).”– (James 3:17) 

Unconditional love:

“Whoever says he is in the Light and (yet) hates his brother is in darkness even until now.” (1John 2:9) 

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He (even) gave up His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Joy:

I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.” (John 15:11) 

As you read and pray over this list, think of how God wants you to receive the trials and how to view those trials as compared to what Jesus did and how He responded. 

We produce the image of Christ, produce the Fruit of the Spirit by abiding in the Vine (Jesus). As we abide in Him by spending time in His presence, reading His Word, and in prayer, the more we become like Him. 

If we are asking to be more like Him, understand He will turn up the heat to burn away the dross. So, as the pressures, frustrations, and trials come and we see our responses are less than Christ-like, draw that much closer to the Lord; as we do, His nature will be imparted to us. 

The ‘key’ is staying close to Him and trusting what He has promised in Philippians 1:6:

“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Christ Jesus, developing and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.”

 

 

 

 

                                              

 

 

 

Trials have a couple of purposes:

 

1)      Reveal what is on the inside of us

2)      Transform us into the image of Christ

 

When you think of being transformed into the Image of Christ several characteristics come to mind and these do not exhaust the list:  

 

1)      Servant                             

2)      Humility

3)      Obedience

4)      Patience

5)      Long-suffering

6)      Gentleness

7)      Unconditional love

8)      Joy

 

As you read over the above list, below are some scriptures that can be applied to those areas in which you may be struggling:

 

Servant:

“—but through love you should serve one another.” (Gal. 5:13)

 

Humility:

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

 

Obedience:

“If a person (really) loves Me, he will keep My word {obey My teaching};”

 

Patience:

“Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.”

(Rom. 12:12)

 

 

 

Long-suffering:

“And consider that the long-suffering of our Lord {His slowness in avenging wrongs and judging the world} is salvation—.” (2Pet. 3:15)

 

Gentleness:

“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle).”– (James 3:17)

 

Unconditional love:

“Whoever says he is in the Light and (yet) hates his brother is in darkness even until now.” (1John 2:9)

 

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He (even) gave up His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

 

Joy:

I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.” (John 15:11)

 

As you read and pray over this list, think of how God wants you to receive the trials and how to view those trials as compared to what Jesus did and how He responded.

 

We produce the image of Christ, produce the Fruit of the Spirit by abiding in the Vine (Jesus). As we abide in Him by spending time in His presence, reading His Word, and in prayer, the more we become like Him.

 

If we are asking to be more like Him, understand He will turn up the heat to burn away the dross. So, as the pressures, frustrations, and trials come and we see our responses are less than Christ-like, draw that much closer to the Lord; as we do, His nature will be imparted to us.

 

The ‘key’ is staying close to Him and trusting what He has promised in Philippians 1:6:

 

“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Christ Jesus, developing and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.”