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Love - The Fruit of a Life Lived In The Holy Spirit Part 2

Love - The Fruit of a Life Lived In The Holy Spirit Part 2

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Would you give your life for another person?  

Would you sacrifice yourself so that someone else could live?  

These are prevailing questions for the military of any nation; for the police; for those who would stand in the way of danger.

But, would you live for someone?  

Would you choose to live your life in a way that gives credit and honor and life to another?

In the 2nd Book by the Prophet Samuel there is such a story.  After many years, David has become the king.  His predecessor, Saul, had turned from God and become wicked.  In his wickedness, Saul had hunted David across the nation.  Saul had attempted to kill David on many occasions.  This transition of power had become a very bloody, multi-year, multigenerational conflict.  Finally, David had become king.

During the conflict all of Saul’s family had been slain; or so they thought.  This wiping out of the family was a byproduct of the conflict and consistent with the culture.  A new king would often times eliminate all those related to or loyal to the previous king so there was no chance of an uprising from those loyalists.

One day David asked his court, “Is there no on still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”

There was indeed one left.  Mephibosheth, now a man, had been dropped as a child and was now a cripple.  As he was summoned to the king I’m sure he must have thought that his difficult life of physical handicap would now end at the hand of the new king.  I can only imagine the farewell kisses he would have offered to any friends as he began his journey to the palace.

David greeted Mephibosheth not with a sword but with safety.  David gave Mephibosheth a new life.  A life in the palace and a reserved seat at the king’s table.  David showed Mephibosheth a lifetime of kindness.  As long as David lived, Mephibosheth was safe.

Galatians 5:22 tells us that The Holy Spirit produces LOVE in our lives.  One definition of LOVE that I recently read is a benevolence and goodwill towards others; it is a deliberate affection and a friendly regard towards God and man that displays itself in purposeful acts of sacrifice and kindness.

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We can all think of times that we’ve witnessed kindness.

 Maybe we have received someone else's generosity or we ourselves have been the doers of some kind deed.  But far too often these are measured in moments.  They end almost before they even begin.  These random or intentional acts of kindness or often associated with an event in our lives.  We may feel guilty or happy and we display it by holding a door, dropping a few coins in a pauper’s can, speaking a kind word. 

There is nothing wrong with these examples of LOVE.  In fact, I believe they help cultivate more LOVE inside of us and in the lives of others.  But what about the LOVE that would disrupt our lives for years to come?  David would have seen Mephibosheth sitting at his table for decades.  At every meal he would have been reminded of how Mephibosheth’s grandfather, Saul, tried to kill him with a spear.  Or how Saul hunted him across the desert plains.  Mephibosheth’s face would have been the closest face to the years of betrayal that David would have experienced at Saul’s hand.

Not to mention the costs involved.  David had now given Mephibosheth all that had belonged to Saul.  David gave him land and houses and food from the king’s own table.  Not just family inheritance restored but now a cost from that which rightfully belonged to David was being freely offered to a cripple.  David gave the living of his life on behalf of Mephibosheth.  

This kind of LOVE goes far beyond our moments of kindness.  This kind of LOVE goes beyond a singular event.  This kind of LOVE goes beyond our human capacity.  How could any of us live for someone else?

This is a LOVE that The Holy Spirit grows in our lives.  We must realize that selfless LOVE comes not from ourselves or is expressed for ourselves.  This kind of LOVE does not return to us any of the credit.  It is not for public display.  It’s the kind of love that may include others at the beginning but then many people leave during the process.  It's the kind of LOVE that goes without thanks or appreciation.  It is the kind of LOVE that is very costly and takes years to express.  This is a LOVE from the Holy Spirit that He alone cultivates in our lives.

During the later years of my grandfather’s life, he was almost completely confined to his bed.  The stroke from a few years before had left him speechless, emotional and unable to care for even his most basic of personal needs.  My grandmother, elderly herself, was his constant companion and caregiver.  I remember watching her laugh with him as he tried to tell a joke.  His words were a jumbled mess.  They were mixed with tears and laughter.  My grandmother laughed like it was the funniest joke she had ever heard.  I watched her do this over and over again.  She lived out the final days of his life for him.  In truth, she had lived her whole life for him as his wife.

This is the LOVE of The Holy Spirit.  

This is not grown in us by our own hands.  No amount of generosity or self denial creates in us this kind of selfless LOVE.  Do we bare some responsibility in this LOVE then?  Of course.  Our part is 2-fold.  

First, move closer to the Holy Spirit.  Spend time with the Him.  Don’t resist Him in your life.  Pray, read the Bible, fast, meditate on the Holy Spirit and His work in your life.

Second, respond to His promptings.  When He encourages you to give to the pauper, do it.  When He reminds of your neighbor and you suddenly think of ways to visit and show kindness, do it.  When you have the idea to call that friend or the someone you’ve not spoken to for a long time, do it.  Then, when He nudges you towards that life-long commitment that seems far too overwhelming, go for it.  He will have been growing the fruit of LOVE in your life all these years and it is time for the life of harvest.


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Over the next few weeks I will look at each fruit the the Holy Spirit produces in our lives as listed in Galatians 5:23.  

While I don’t believe this represents an exhaustive list of all The Holy Spirit does in our lives, it is a great place to start, especially in regards to the virtues He produces in us.  As we walk through this list let’s keep the clear perspective that our part is submission to Him in intamate relationship and it is He who produces these virtues in us.  At the end of the day if there be any goodness in us, it is because He has produced that fruit in our lives.

Galatians 5:23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”


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You can join us in these efforts through financial partnership and/or trip participation.

The Fruit of a Life Lived In The Holy Spirit Part 1

The Fruit of a Life Lived In The Holy Spirit Part 1

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There could be entire libraries filled with books written about The Holy Spirit.

 And rightly so.  As one part of the triune Godhead, we experience the fullness of God living in our very lives through The Holy Spirit.  Jesus himself said that He must go so that The Holy Spirit can come.  While God is omnipresent (meaning He is everywhere at the same time), Jesus was only in one physical location at a time while He lived on earth.  He chose to submit Himself to the laws of nature, taking on the actual form of a man.  

The Holy Spirit, however, transcends human limitations creating the very dynamic of His presence in every believer at the same time.  

He simultaneously lives in Heaven, in me and in every person who calls on the name of Jesus.  What an amazing reality.  The very Spirit of the living God, living in the lives of His creations, humans.

What does that mean for us?  How does the presence of The Holy Spirit in our lives affect our lives?

Over the next few weeks I’d like to look at what the Holy Spirit does in and to our lives as He dwells in us.  More specifically, what does He produce in us.  Let’s look together at what happens in our lives as He makes our lives His home.

Often times we define ourselves based on our actions or intentions.

We say things like, “I’m a good person.”  “I do good things.”  “I mean well.”  Or we define others by these same standards.  Assigning goodness to ourselves and others based on what we have done or what we intended to do.  In other words, we often times believe that our actions or even our intentions produce some amount of goodness inside our very being.

There’s a built in problem with this idea.  If our good actions produce goodness in us then our bad actions must produce badness in us as well.  We don’t like to think about that.  We don’t like to mull over our mistakes, our violations of others’ rights or our outright lawlessness.  We focus on our good deeds and intentions and marginalize our bad behavior and ill-intentions.

In this dichotomy, we employ the principle of cause and effect yet assign the wrong dynamics to the cause category and wrong dynamics to the effects category.  We think that good deeds and good intentions are the cause and that our goodness is the effect.  That would be like the athlete who only shows up to the game relying totally on natural ability to give him victory while never focusing on the fundamentals of his sport.

So fundamentals should focus on in our lives to win in the arena of a Godly life?  Indeed there are fundamentals but they are not always made up of our good deeds.  Certainly, we should practice our faith by putting it into action, yet we must also realize there is someone else at work in our lives.

The Bible says that, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  If we have sinned then we live in a condition of badness, or what the Bible calls “living under a curse.”  The life of Jesus allows us to be transformed back into our originally created condition of living as a blessed or righteous creature.  The change of our condition or state of being occurs both instantly when we believe in Jesus and through out our lives as The Holy Spirit works in us.  He, The Holy Spirit, literally performs good actions inside of us, producing goodness that then becomes a part of our character.

The Bible says as much in Romans 8:28.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  What?  I thought we were supposed to do the work of making ourselves good?  I thought I was supposed to build my own character.  This says that God is doing the work on my behalf.

As well the Bible says in Galatians 5:23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”

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Fruit is something that is produced.  Fruit is not something that produces.  

A tree grows fruit based on what kind of tree it is.  The fruit does not tell the tree to be something different.  The type of tree determines the type of fruit that is produced.  In this case we see that it is the Spirit of God that is producing fruit inside of us.  It is not us saying that our loving actions produce the goodness in our lives.  Or that we can some how muster up peace or forbearance out of thin air and that that ability somehow makes us righteous.  It is The Holy Spirit working in our lives that creates these good and righteous attitudes and behaviors.  The good deeds and good intentions are therefore the result (or fruit) of the goodness that The Holy Spirit is producing in each of us.

How freeing!  This reality allows me turn my focus from trying to be a good person to cultivating an intimant relationship with The Holy Spirit.  We can move from a focus on works to a heart of relationship with our living God through the person of the Holy Spirit.  The development of this relationship becomes the fundamentals of our spiritual life.  Instead of trying to be patient or gentle or kind, we will instead focus on prayer and study of the Word of God and a conscientious awareness of the presence of The Holy Spirit in each and every moment and location of our lives; knowing that He will produce patience and gentleness and kindness in our lives.  These virtues become the fruit of the work of The Holy Spirit in our lives as we submit ourselves to Him in intimate relationship.

Over the next few weeks I will look at each fruit the the Holy Spirit produces in our lives as listed in Galatians 5:23.  

While I don’t believe this represents an exhaustive list of all The Holy Spirit does in our lives, it is a great place to start, especially in regards to the virtues He produces in us.  As we walk through this list let’s keep the clear perspective that our part is submission to Him in intamate relationship and it is He who produces these virtues in us.  At the end of the day if there be any goodness in us, it is because He has produced that fruit in our lives.


 At Connect Global we are committed to fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus, and to share the Gospel with the whole world through collaborative and sustainable efforts.  You can join us in these efforts through financial partnership and/or trip participation.

A Life well lived

A Life well lived

A few weeks ago in La Ceiba, Honduras we visited the Heaven’s Door Christian School with our World Race Team.  Seven young adults who had, at that time been on their mission trip for 10 months, Gina (my wife), Noah (our 6-year-old son) and our Honduran friends, Jorge, Yaneth, Allison, Jimmy and Tatiana all invaded this educational facility.  We visited each classroom in groups of 3 or 4.  We took a few moments to share with each group of young students what life on the mission field was like.  The students were so welcoming and friendly to us.

We started with the younger aged classes first.  Kindergarteners are fun to hang out with in any language.  This school is a bi-lingual school so it made communicating for us a little easier.  The children were fascinated with all the stories our team members shared from their visits to other countries.  The World Race team had already been to several African and Asian countries before coming to Honduras.

Next Noah, Gretchen and I headed to a class of 2nd graders.  These young Honduran children were excited to hear about American football.  Gretchen shared about her love for other people.  Noah talked about “serving people from all the countries” he would visit.  To hear your 6-year-old son articulate what we have all been living out is a very moving experience.

Finally our little trio visited our last class for the day.  We found ourselves in a room of 6th graders.  About a dozen students listened with even greater focus and intentionality as we began to share about our experiences and travels to foreign lands.  They had lots of questions and were very engaged.

After a few moments I felt compelled to share with them the same message I have been sharing with churches in and around La Ceiba for the past several months: That Honduras is Blessed to Be a Blessing to All Nations; that these young children CAN be missionaries themselves.  I remember one young girl asked me, “How did you know you were supposed to be a missionary?” 

Even in her question I could see the hand of God moving her towards a life of missions.  I could hear His voice calling her name as a future Honduran missionary to the nations.

In the book of John, chapter 15, verses 16 and 17 Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go bear fruit - fruit that will last - and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.  This is my command: Love each other.”

I shared with the class how 12 years prior I was on my first trip to Honduras.  I shared how we had visited the Garifuna village of Cusuna.  I shared with her how I fell in love with Honduras and the unreached peoples of the world and how at that moment I knew my life would ever be the same.  I knew that I had been recruited into a mission so much greater than the totality of my life.  I knew I would forever be on mission for the Gospel of Jesus. 

After I answered that little girl’s question we asked the class, “Who would like to go on a mission trip?” and, “Who would like to be a missionary one day?”  

Almost the entire class raised their hands!

There are times after a mission trip that I ask myself: “Did this last trip actually make a difference?  Did we actually leave a lasting, sustainable impact with the people?”  

Based on the positive responses we encountered, I would say we did make a difference that day.

It’s moments like this classroom visit that remind me that this whole life of missions was not my idea in the first place, but a calling from God.  And the life we live at Connect Global; the life lived out by so many missionaries around the world IS making a significant and lasting difference in the hearts and lives of those we encounter.  I am certain that one day that little girl will be a missionary.  I am certain that God has chosen her and appointed her to go, like others before her, to bear fruit that will last.

As you read this post, that very same voice may be calling your name.  Only you and God know.  But let me extend to you and open hand of invitation.  Give your life to the building of the Kingdom of God.  

I can promise you it will be a life well lived.

Travis Moffitt


In April 2016, Connect Global hosted a team from the World Race in La Ceiba, Honduras as part of our ongoing initiative, Connected Community.  At Connect Global we are committed to fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus, and to share the Gospel with the whole world through collaborative and sustainable efforts.  You can join us in these efforts through financial partnership and/ortrip participation.