It’s February and all month long sweets and treats are being shared with all those we love. This is the month where we use the words sweet and heart the most together in one sentence.
The month where, I presume, every girl wants to be called a sweet heart.
As a Christian, I find it’s super important for those around me to recognize me as a Sweet Heart all year long. Why? Because to me, being a sweet heart is much more meaningful than what it may appear!
Have you ever tried the most delicious cake and thought “I just have to have the recipe!”
Well to me, having a Sweet Heart takes practice and the right recipe!
To me, these are the key ingredients that are important for me in being a Sweet Heart in my life:
- A Sweet Heart is someone who authentically lives out the Fruit of the Spirit.
- A Sweet Heart is someone who’s always ready to be a light.
- A Sweet Heart always loves.
- A Sweet Heart is an optimist, an encourager. A Sweet Heart always has faith.
- And as a Sweet Heart I know I can do all things through Christ because He gives me the strength and ability to do so!
But of course, what are ingredients in a recipe if you don’t have the right instructions?
Well, If you haven’t guessed it already, each segment of The Sweet Heart Bible Study is made up of each of these key ingredients and their instructions!
Ingredient Number 1: A Sweet Heart authentically lives out the Fruit of the Spirit.
Authentically Live out The Fruit of the Spirit
Jesus said in Mathew 7:17, “…every good tree produces good fruit.”
So how can we know what fruit we need to produce in our lives?
Well to answer your question, The Fruit of the Spirit!
“…The Spirit produces the fruit of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control. There is no law that says these things are wrong.” Galatians 5:22-23
Just reading these Bible verses makes me feel sweet on the inside!
Those words put together are the starting points of what being a Sweet Heart is all about!
Love. Although we will mention this fruit more in-depth later on in our Bible Study this month, Love is the very definition of the Gospel.
“God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
God expects us to grow in our love for Him and for others! Love strengthens and sweetens our hearts!
Joy. To me, a heart full of Joy is a heart filled with trust in the LORD and in His Great Power! Countless times in the Bible we see how ultimate Joy relates to ultimate trust in God!
“My Brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy,” (James 1:2) This may seem like a strange concept but keep reading, “because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.” (James 1:3)
My Joy is dependent on my trust in God because His promises for me are unchanging (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Abraham learned this very important lesson in His life in Genesis chapters 12-22.
God made countless promises to Abraham and accepted Abraham’s genuine faith. Even through testing, Abraham remained faithful to God and trusted God to do what only God can do!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge the LORD and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
So how does Joy spring from Trust in God? Because we can trust that God is our Ultimate Provider, our Ultimate Comfort, our Ultimate Healer, Our Ultimate Everything, and that gives us Joy and Peace through our momentary troubles and keeps our hearts and lives Sweet!
Which brings us to the next fruit…
Peace. “Let the Peace of Christ rule in your hearts…” (Colossians 3:15) “And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
When we know God is in our hearts and in control of our lives, we can have peace, His peace that is so great we cannot understand it!
Have peace also comes from Trust in the Lord. When we place our trust and in the hands of God we can be assured that He takes care of us, and if He is taking care of us leading and guiding us down the paths that are good, we can know His peace!
“Give all your worries to Him because He cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Our hearts are sweet when we know that God holds all our worries and cares!
Trust in His timing and have peace!
Patience. The Sweet Heart is a heart of patience. It knows when to speak and when to listen. And most importantly it knows how to wait well.
Patience is a character trait that needs to be developed and worked on carefully. God, the Author, and Perfecter of our Faith knows well how to strengthen our Spirit of Patience.
Earlier I mentioned James 1:2-3, “My Brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.”
Here is the fruit of patience in our life “Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need” James 1:4
The perfect Sweet Heart is a patient heart!
Kindness. What a sweet word! Kindness. To have a kind heart is a sweet one indeed!
God calls us to treat others the way we would want to be treated (Luke 6:31) and to love others as we love ourselves (Mathew 22:39)
As a Christian, we are called to be imitators of Christ. To live as Christ lived here on Earth.
Jesus showed kindness to the sick, to the weary, to the lost, and brokenhearted.
Goodness. A Sweet Heart is a heart full of goodness!
In Psalm 23:6 David exclaims “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.”
and 1 Corinthians 2:9 declares, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
How Sweet are those words! The Lord is full of goodness and as we walk and learn to be like Him our Hearts are sweet and overflowing with God’s goodness!
Faithfulness. A heart that is faithful is a heart that is sweet!
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.” Luke 16:10
Being faithful to God and to others is at the very top of the Christian life. We live to be a light to others, so when others see us being faithful to God and to those around us we are being good stewards of the name of Christ (Philippians 1:27; Mathew 5:16).
Self-Control. Lastly, a heart that has self-control is a Sweet Heart!
I always think of self-control when I am on a diet! It’s really tempting to look into the pantry and want to snack on unhealthy options but ultimately if I persevere in self-control I benefit from my diet the most!
When thinking of self-control in the Bible we should look at the example Jesus left us when He was tempted in the wilderness! He stayed strong and remained faithful to God and His Word and ultimately won the victory!
Authentically living out the Fruit of the Spirit not only is a key ingredient to becoming a Sweet Heart but it also brings us closer to who God made us to be through Him!
The Fruit of the Spirit not only bless our lives but they bless the lives of those around us as well!
Dear LORD, Thank you for giving me your sweet Spirit so that I can always shine Your light wherever I go and in whatever I do! In Jesus name I pray Amen!
Stay tuned for the next segment of The Sweet Heart Bible Study here on The Honey Bulb and check out the Journal Questions below you can use for further study!
- In what ways do the Fruit of the Spirit relate to being a Sweet Heart in your life?
- Think of three ways you can incorporate the Fruit of the Spirit in your day or week.
- Which Fruit of the Spirit did you think is the most important?