Heart Check: Self Evaluation

I like to wake up most mornings and have 'me time'. I usually make my cup of coffee and enjoy a devotion or two. This is a good time for me to do a self checkup on my heart, to make sure it is in the right place before I start my day. This self checkup referenced the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22:

  1. LOVE

"Love is patient love is kind. It is not self seeking. It is not easily angered. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes" 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

LOL, when the lord calls you out on your ish! Hence, the importance of my checkups. I can automatically think "ok- patience! kindness! yes. slow down and be the reason someone smiles today" but then I started thinking about protection- what does it look like to protect someone ALWAYS. It isn't everyday I find myself in a situation to protect. And then I began to look at it differently-

Us humans have pretty big mouths. It is so easy to chime in when someone is spilling the tea on someone else. Even it is the unpopular thing to do- we are to protect. We shield those who are being talked about, even when they are not around. That is love.

2. Joy

Have joy even if my current circumstances aren't great.

3. Peace

"Take a second. breathe. slow down." When I begin to feel anxious or sense chaos, this is what I say to myself. Having peace gives you the ability to think clearly and does not add unnecessary chaos to situations.

4. Kindness

The world needs a little more of this. I always preach this. You never know what someone is going through and a little bit of kindness can go along way.

5. Goodness

Goodness is to lead by example. To be the light in the darkness. To be generous. Do I have a generous and a giving heart?

6. Faithfulness

Am I walking by faith or sight? I can't see my future, but do I choose faith over fear?

7. Gentleness

To me, gentleness and peacefulness go hand in hand. I gravitate toward people who have a sense of gentleness and peacefulness about them. There is something that feels safe. To be gentle is to take special, delicate care of one another.

8. Self Control

How can I practice self discipline? When my first reaction is to get angry, how can I shift the negative energy to create peace?

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