Have you ever heard it's all about tone? This is a typical conversation between husbands and wives. Many wives say it's not what you say; it's about how you said it. I do believe this is important.
I have heard prophetic words where a person's passion or emotions were more predominant than the Word of the Lord. Have you ever heard a word on holiness and the messenger added a fiery judgmental tone to God's message? I sure have.
Some call this a gift of the Spirit void of the fruit of the Spirit. Is there room for the gifts of the Spirit to work without the fruit of the Spirit? I say no. I am not saying the gift is not legitimate but void of the fruit of the Spirit means the word does not represent the character of the Lord.
If we speak as an ambassador for anyone, we must represent in message and character. Ambassadors represent the character of those they represent. So yes, the gifts and the fruit of the Spirit are paramount in those operating in spiritual gifts.
This comparison is intriguing. I want to invite you to dive into this podcast episode with us. Let's discuss this topic together and learn some vital truths.
Here are a few of the things we discussed.
- Fold ministers are men and women CALLED by God into these offices to use their gifts for God's glory and not man's exaltation.
- Gifts are not a badge of approval that allows arrogance or pride to be accepted.
- God has ordained that both the gifts and the fruits of the Spirit flow together in believers.
- Gifts and fruit are to complete God's character rather than compete against one another.
- God is represented best in both the gifts and the fruit of the Spirit.
This episode is loaded with training tips on connecting the gifts and the fruit of the Spirit.
So let's dive in together.
Thomas McDaniels is a husband, pastor, dad and grandfather. He is also a public speaker, author and podcast host. Thomas has written for Church Leaders and currently writes for Charisma News and Charisma Magazine. Thomas is the founder of Lifebridge.tv and the guy behind ThomasMcDaniels.com. You can find Thomas on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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