Discernment

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What is good? What is evil? That is the question this painting asks the viewer. The red ribbon represents things that seem good but are deceptively evil or destructive. The white represents the things that God says are good (in the bible). “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” (Philippians 4:8, NIV)

Discipline and Obedience

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This painting draws on the structured and disciplined nature of God. The painting also shows how God can intervene in the midst of chaos or discipline those whom He chooses “For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” (Hebrews 12:6, NLT)The bible’s references to discipline, structure and obedience as an important part of the faith as a form of wisdom leading to better quality of life overall. “…keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity”.(Proverbs 3:1-2)

Gentleness

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Gentleness is an action and way of life as it is written in the bible by Paul. Gentleness is listed among the ‘fruits of the spirit’, which are to become more and more evident in the character of the faithful believers. “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23, New Living Translation)

Joy

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Joy is listed in the bible as a ‘fruit of the spirit’. Different to happiness, joy is a choice to take pleasure in the blessings God has given, despite difficult circumstances “…for the joy of the lord is your strength”(Nehemiah 8:10). The joy of the Lord can also be experienced when happiness doesn’t make sense. One psalmist wrote “Hear me, LORD, and have mercy on me. Help me, O LORD.” You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, (Psalm 30:10-11)”.

Love- The Ultimate Fruit Tree

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Of all the ‘fruits of the spirit’ listed in the bible, the greatest is love in that it is deeply interwoven in all the other fruits namely “joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”(Galatians 5:22-23, NIV). “Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13, NLT)