The month of February will complete the season of Epiphany and our series on The Fruit of the Spirit. The Psalms for each Sunday of the month of February each say something that relates to the fruit of the Spirit proclaimed on that Sunday. We remember that the different fruit of the Spirit that is displayed from a believer has its source in the LORD who gives each fruit to us by the power of His Spirit who dwells in us.
On Sunday, February 5, the Psalm of the Day is Psalm 112:1-9. In this Psalm, we praise the LORD for the one who fears the LORD and delights in His ways. In verse 4 quoted above, it talks about the Light of God’s glory taking us out of the darkness and we are seen to be gracious, merciful, and righteous. These attributes all add up to what it means to have produced in us the fruit of the Spirit, “kindness” (also translated as “tenderness”).
On Sunday, February 12, the Psalm of the Day is Psalm 119:1-8. This part of Psalm 119 calls those who live according to the Word of the LORD, “blessed”. “How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD” (verse 1). What better way could there be to describe the fruit of the Spirit, “Goodness!”
On Sunday, February 19, the Psalm of the Day is Psalm 119:33-40. The fruit of the Spirit for this day is, “Faithfulness.” In this part of the Psalm we ask the LORD to be faithful in the things He has promised. Verse 38 sums up this thought, “Confirm to Your servant Your promise, that You may be feared.”
Sunday, February 26, is Transfiguration Sunday. The Psalm of the Day is Psalm 2:6-12. In this Psalm, the rulers of the world are warned to humble themselves before the King of Kings. Verse 11 sums this up pretty well, “Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” This thought ties in with the fruit of the Spirit we will examine on this Sunday, “Gentleness (also translated, “Meekness”) and “Self-Control.”
Sometimes it takes the fear of God to help produce this fruit as we can see in the Gospel for Transfiguration Sunday, Matthew 17:1-9. Peter was having difficulty with self-control (surprise). He was boldly telling Jesus what they should do (build booths for Moses, Elijah, and Jesus and stay there), when the voice of the Father from the cloud immediately brought Peter and the disciples to self-control, knocking them flat on their faces! Then Jesus gently touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” He works in quite similar fashion for us.
At the Wednesday evening Services at 7:00 during February, the focus of the first Wednesday will be God’s Provision. Then we will move to the Second Article of the creed on the next three Wednesdays, discussing Jesus’ names, natures, and state of humiliation.
This will lead us into the season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1st. Midweek Lent Services will also be held at 7:00 PM. Our series for Midweek Lent Services is “At the Crossroads.” This series features readers’ theatre interviews with key Biblical figures as they relate to Christ’s Passion. Themes for the Services are: Confession, Betrayal, Judgment, Compassion, Declaration, and Obedience. It will be a quite interesting beneficial encounter on these Wednesdays. Hope to see you there.
God bless you with His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness (tenderness), goodness, faithfulness, gentleness (meekness), and self-control, by which He will enable you to display and provide this wonderful fruit of the Spirit to others around us.