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The Good Seed - Wednesday, April 15, 2020
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Galatians 5:22.23; Proverbs 15:1

Are we susceptible?
Susceptibility is a troublesome characteristic: it can poison our relationships: in our family, with our colleagues and our neighbours. And we ourselves become the first victims. Susceptibility in a Christian is an indication that he does not live closely enough to Jesus, the Man who was “gentle and lowly of heart” (Matthew 11:29). In the Bible gentleness is the mark of someone who does not insist on his rights.

Excessive sensitivity, accumulated heartfelt offences, or injustice result in seeing things in the wrong light: something insignificant offends, everything seems to slight, mock or spite one. It is a permanent source of profound suffering for the one affected and all around him.

What can help the Christian to regard and sense things differently?

Think of Jesus, our Saviour! “Christ … suffered for us, leaving us an example that you should follow in his steps, who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in his mouth, who when he was reviled, did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously!” (1 Peter 2:21-23).

Try to follow His example: “Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection” (Colossians 3:12-14).

Today’s reading: Jeremiah 24:1-10 · Romans 1:18-32


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