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Spilling Your Coffee

Fruit of the Spirit Character Transformation

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-07-13

Scripture: Galatians 5:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Imagine you’re holding a cup of coffee when someone bumps into you, causing you to spill what's in your cup.

You didn't spill tea. You didn't spill grape juice or soda. You spilled coffee because coffee is what was in your cup. If you’d had tea in your cup, it would have been tea that spilled out. The point is, whatever is inside your cup is what will spill out of your cup if bumped or shaken. 

APPLICATION

We are each a vessel, not unlike a cup. Looking from the outside, no one can know what we “contain.” But when events of life bump up against us or shake us up, whatever is inside will likely come spilling out. 

So we must ask ourselves, “What’s in my cup?” Is it love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Or is it anger, bitterness, anxiety, impatience, mean-spiritedness, ill will, faithlessness, harshness, and lack of discipline? 

We might present to the world that we are full of one thing when really we are full of another. It’s easy to fake it when nothing is bumping into us or shaking us up. But bring on a little trial, a little temptation, irritation, conflict, inconvenience, etc., and what's inside our heart of hearts will come spilling out.

So fill yourselves with the Fruits of the Spirit so that the goodness and light within you spills out onto others as a testimony of the transformative power of Christ in your life.

Don't Let Your Friends Hold You Back

Destiny Character Fellowship

Contributed By: Morgan McKinley | Date Posted: 2017-06-15

Scripture: John 3:20 ; 2 Corinthians 6:14

Author: Morgan McKinley
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ILLUSTRATION

Most of us have some experience with choosing a side in a conflict or a debate. And whether we realize it or not, our positions on any number of things has a way of narrowing our associations. If you're a Christian, you have Christian friends. If you are an artist, your closest friends are creative in some way. All of us have a particular political leaning, and it's likely that most of our friends agree with us.

But what if someone has an addiction of some sort? More often than not, the people he or she associates with are caught up in an addiction as well.

APPLICATION

What you love most will show through the people with whom you surround yourself. If your passion happens to be productive, you will attract like-minded people. But if it's counter-productive, you will surround yourself with people who will hold you back.

Thus, if you are not yet reconciled to God, then you are most likely surrounded by people who will help keep you that way.  Your passion, whether it is for God or not, has led you to where you are right now, to the people in your life.  

Are the people around you following God? Don't let your friends hold you back!

"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14). 

Intrinsically Good

Fruit of the Spirit Character Spirituality

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2016-10-14

Scripture: Romans 12:9 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:13

Author: Thomas Bevers / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Is a gun good or evil? Isn't it true that it's just a molded piece of steel that in and of itself is neither good or evil? But it does have the potential to be used for either good or evil. The same gun can be used to take a life or to save a life. It can be used to commit a crime or to stop a crime. It can be used to harm or to protect. In either case, it's the same gun, but what makes the difference is the hand in which the gun is held.

APPLICATION

In Romans 12:9 we are told to, "Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." The word "good" is a translation of the Greek word "agothos." According to Strong's it means, "intrinsically good, good in nature, good whether it be seen to be so or not" (see also BAG p. 3).  Here, this word is used of the Christian virtues. Things like the fruits of the Spirit are good because they are intrinsically good, not because of the person who holds them. They are good because God is good and they come to us from His hand. 

A Commitment Is A Commitment

Marriage Commitment Character

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-29

Scripture: Matthew 5:37 ; Ecclesiastes 5:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Direct Reflection of Your Parenting

Fatherhood Character Success

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-18

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

Author: Proactive Coaching / Illustration Exchange
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Step Forward

Bully (Bullying) Character Confrontation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-23

Scripture: Isaiah 1:17 ; Proverbs 31:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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How Virtue Becomes Virtue

Courage Testing Character

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2015-03-03

Scripture: Proverbs 17:3

Author: C.S. Lewis / Mitchell Dillon
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The Aroma of Christ

Christlikeness Witness Character

Contributed By: Scott Heins | Date Posted: 2015-01-13

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2:14

Author: Scott Heins
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Why Does God Allow Suffering

Suffering Character Object Lessons

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-04

Scripture: Romans 5:3 ; 4 :

Author: Maurice Sweetsur
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Don't Make Them Send Flowers

Dependable Character Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-11-01

Scripture: Matthew 5:37

Author: Illustration Exchange
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