The fruit of the Spirit isn't just something we display. It's the way God loves us!
Every Christian cherishes the famous passage in Galatians 5:22–23 that lists the fruit of the Spirit. Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. And self-control. These are the marks of godly character that we strive to display.
But has it ever occurred to you that these are also the characteristics of God? Can it be that God loves us with the fruit of the Spirit? And only when we are secure in that love can we display it to others?
Jessica Thompson wants to take you deeper into the love that your Heavenly Father has for you. Focusing on the majority of the fruit of the Spirit, she shows how God Himself has these attributes and lavishes them on us. In 40 readings designed for daily devotions, Jessica takes you across the whole arc of the Bible to reveal the character of the triune God. This journey will surely bless you. For the more you behold who He is and the nature of his love, the more you will, by the work of the Spirit, become like Him.
"My hope is that the readers will come away from this book more aware of what a magnificent God we serve. My hope is that the readers will remember their first love. My hope is that the readers will come back to this book again and again when they're looking for a place of healing and hope." – Jessica Thompson
Praise for How God Loves Us
Since time immemorial, the concept of the fruit of the Spirit has been crammed into self-help language, reminding us that we can never be enough and turning what was meant to be a loving relationship with the Trinity into the Christianity Olympics. Jessica gently removes this popular Scripture from its place on the Do-It-Yourself Shelf and flips it on its head, as she says in the introduction, it's the "fruit of the Spirit, not the fruit of trying harder." I cannot recommend this devotional enough for anyone who desires to go deeply into the Word to discover how God changes you with power and delight.
Resident Bible scholar on The Bible Binge podcast and author of Memento Mori, Every Broken Thing, and O Heavy Lightness
Many of us want to experience the fruit of the Spirit in our lives but are unsure of what that really means. If you're like me, then you wind up spinning your wheels to cultivate more fruit in your life only to end up exhausted and depleted because we are going about it all wrong. Prepare to be wowed and encouraged as you walk through this forty-day devotional. I'm so thankful for Jessica Thompson's How God Loves Us, which points us to Jesus, is immersed in the gospel, and reminds us to walk in the Spirit.
—LINDSEY A. HOLCOMB
Coauthor of God Made All of Me, God Made Me in His Image, Rid of My Disgrace, and Is It My Fault?
Jessica Thompson takes us on a glorious and refreshing tour of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness—examining how the triune God displays each in His love for us. Thoroughly biblical, packed with good news, and served in perfect proportions, How God Loves Us serves the fruit of the Spirit as a feast for the soul.
Pastor, podcaster, coauthor of Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women and Jesus & Gender
Few voices have influenced my understanding of and gratitude for the gospel like Jessica's. What she writes, I read, because I know it will be anchored in what Christ has done for us and how His grace transforms us. Well, she's done it again in How God Loves Us. This devotional frees us from striving to produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and frees us to behold Christ, who perfectly embodied the fruit, and whose Spirit manifests His character in us. Jessica reminds us that in beholding Him, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we become more like Him!
Author of Don't Miss Out: Daring to Believe Life Is Better with the Holy Spirit
Setting our hearts on God's unwavering character is the only thing that will get us through this age of fracture and disorientation. This book is our blueprint. With clarity, humor, and hard-won wisdom, Jessica Thompson invites us to lay down our striving and simply abide in God's love. What might happen if we truly remembered who God is? A revolution of goodness. A shared hope.
Author of The Ministry of Ordinary Places and Falling Free
It's so easy to get swept away with this me-me-me culture we live in. As much as we want to focus on God more than ourselves, it's our nature to center our lives, thoughts—even our faith—around "me." If you (like me) are in need of a redirection in your focus—if you (like me) need help setting your gaze on the glory of our God, this book is for you. Jess turns away from a me-centered reading of fruit of the Spirit in order to reveal the goodness of God in each characteristic. You will leave each day's reading with a sweeter sense of who God is and His deep love for you.
Author of Secrets of the Happy Soul and the FOCUSed15 Bible studies