But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control . . . (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV)
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. . . . (Galatians 5:19-21 NIV)
HOW CAN I NOT JUST SURVIVE THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS, BUT THRIVE THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS?
1. FOCUS ON THE WHO OF THANKSGIVING, NOT THE WHAT OF THANKSGIVING
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16 ESV)
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24 ESV)
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
(Galatians 5:25-26 ESV)
2. FOCUS ON THE THANKS-GIVING, NOT THE THANKS-GETTING
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
(Galatians 5:18 ESV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
(Galatians 5:22-23 ESV)
3. REMEMBER THAT FOR THE CHRISTIAN, THANKSGIVING ISN’T A HOLIDAY, IT’S A WAY OF LIFE
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)
Make an A-Z List of Thanks
Tell 5 people why you’re thankful for them (not for what they do, but for who they are)