Synopsis: Esther 1-5 In Shushan, the capital city, lives a beautiful Jewess named Esther (also called Hadassah). She is an orphan who was raised by her uncle, Mordechai, one of the leaders of the Jewish people in exile. When they come to take her to the palace, Mordechai insightfully instructs her not to reveal that she is a Jewess or her family. After a 12-month process, Esther is deemed the fairest of them all. “The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she carried charm and favor before him more than all the other virgins, so he placed the royal crown on her head, and made her queen in place of Vashti”(Esther 2:17)
Focus Verse: New King James Version - Galatians 5:22-23 -But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [a]gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law.
The fruit of the Spirit! Sometimes, it is hard to display the fruit of the Spirit in our everyday lives and every situation. We, as humans, must practice making new character traits permanent. However, you can do it! We can have the fruit of the Spirit operate in our lives daily, but it takes time. I would like you to consider the women in your life who showed the fruit of the Spirit. An example from the bible would be Queen Esther. Queen Esther is an example of demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit. She had the three fruit of the Spirit: patience, long-suffering, and meekness(humility).
The Three Reveals of the Fruit of the Spirit
· Queen Esther ensured long-suffering as an orphan/adopted girl. Long-suffering is defined as having or showing patience despite troubles, especially those caused by other people. The definition is true when it comes to the life of Esther. She was an orphan/adopted girl raised by her uncle. Consequently, she went thru long-suffering moments. For instance, she is an orphan/adopted young woman . Who was raised by her uncle, Mordechai, one of the Jewish people's leaders in exile? In modern-day, the pandemic has brought many ( women) long-suffering whether you have experienced loss, pain, setback, etc. Long-suffering may not be comfortable, but long-suffering will not always last. Long-sufferings shapes us to be stronger. What is the long-suffering experience?
· Queen Esther displayed patience while living in exile and then transition to the kingdom. Esther exhibited patience thru the vetting process to become Queen. Tolerance
as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Esther went through a 12-month process from maiden to Queen. In modern day, what is the process you are going through now that is crates a spirit of patience? For example, I am a current caretaker for my family, which is creating a spirit of tolerance. What is your patience path?
· Queen Esther displayed humility (meekness) when saving her family and kindred people. Humility is a modest or low view of one's importance; humbleness. For example, Esther was the daughter of Abihail, who, in turn, was the uncle of Mordecai. When it was time for Esther, whom Mordecai had adopted, to go into the king, she didn’t ask for anything special. She took only what Hegai suggested. Since he was the king's eunuch in charge of the women, he would know what was best. Now Esther had some unique qualities, and all who met her favored her. Queen embodied the fruit of the spirit : long-suffering, patience and humility. By having the fruit of the spirit it provide her an opportunity to change her life and her entire kingdom. As a women, I encourage to explore the fruit of the spirit despite the current times. Try it out ! You can do it!
Questions to Ask Yourself?
· What long-suffering experience have I had? How can I get over the long-suffering?
· How am I operating in patience in my life?
· I am displaying humility in my life?
Prayer: Dear God, please help me to have the ability to endure and make thru long-suffering. I was hoping you could help me to be patient I every area of my life. I was hoping you could help me to established humanity in every area of my life. God, I know that the fruit of the Spirit takes time.
Salvation Invitation -Romans 10:13 New King James Version (NKJV) 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
P.S. God loves you!