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Being nice is nice & being good is good but there is something better…

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 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 5:22-26

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” -Hebrews 12:1-3

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” -Ephesians 4:29-32

*My thoughts: These three scriptures give me so much to strive for. I like reading them when I feel like I’m doing pretty good as a person, I feel like I’m doing well enough and am ‘nice’ enough – these point out the things that are even better. It is great to be ‘nice’ and ‘good’ but there is definitely so much more that could be attained. And with the Holy Spirit, I can run this race and strive for perfection. (Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. -Matthew 5:48)E

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