Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Introductory Thoughts

Christians sometimes focus most upon the benefits believers will enjoy after this life is over, yet the benefits of salvation enjoyed in this present life are just as grand as those yet in the future. Perhaps the lack of focus on present benefits has caused some individuals to put off their salvation. Thus it is important to emphasize that salvation changes a person’s present circumstances just as much as it will his future. Salvation does not change a man’s surroundings; it changes the man. When it does, it brings things like love, joy, and peace to the individual. The very things that the average lost person expresses as his greatest needs can only be found through a present, personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): A present benefit of salvation is seen in God’s promises to the saints. A few of these are He never leaves us (Romans 8:35-39), answered prayer (Jeremiah 33:3; 1 John 5:14-15), needs supplied (Philippians 4:19), and help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).
  • (For everyone): How has your life changed since you trusted Christ as Saviour? How has love, joy, and peace increased? What are some other notable benefits you are presently enjoying?
  • Write down some great things that have happened in your life since the day you were born again. How many of these things might not have occurred had you not trusted Christ?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank the Lord for His benefits (Psalm 68:19).
  • Ask the Lord to continually remind you of His benefits.