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KINGDOM ACADEMY Course: Assignment No: Lecturer: Date: Student No: Godhead 1 Mrs Susan Kibuga 9th March

2012 S/KA1001/JG 12

My area of calling is not yet clear, but I believe it to be in Healing and Deliverance which is part of the nation of Lifegivers (Religion); my profession is in Counselling Psychology, specifically Addiction Counselling. The ways each the different aspects of the Fruit of The Holy Spirit can help me practically in my area of calling or profession are: 1. Love The type of love referred to is agape which is God-kind of love; this is unconditional love given to another human being as God has loves me. It is love without expectation of reward or payback, given in obedience to Gods command to love one another as He loves us. As a counsellor, I engage in a relationship with the client through which the client is able to see him/herself without feeling judged, gauged or categorised in any way. This requires me to view the client with unconditional positive regard or acceptance. In effect I develop a relationship with the client where I give 100% and expect nothing back; this I believe is a good definition of agape. I need to see the client in their potential as well as the way they present themselves. 2. Joy Joy is that inner gladness created by the hope that I have in Gods word and the promises therein. It allows me to overcome frustrations and negativity brought by the condition of addiction in my clients. It allows me to remember that there is a healthy human being submerged beneath the addict who is looking to me to help them emerge. Even in

situations of relapse where the client goes back to using drugs/alcohol as they were before, joy allows me to overcome any feelings of disappointment and receive back the client should they choose to come back. Joy is indispensable in my work. 3. Peace Peace being that supernatural tranquillity that comes from God is also indispensable in my work. Addicts often have a lot of aggression and hostility which they project at others, especially those trying to help them. In addition, my colleagues will often take on the negative energy being spewed by the client, and displace it to others (me). As a manager, I need to take all this in my stride, and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guards my heart (spirit) and mind. I find that equally, I can pass this peace on to others, and thus have a calming influence on my surroundings. 4. Longsuffering By longsuffering, I understand patience; it is the faculty of waiting for the fruit to mature for the product of my work to manifest or come into fruition. Directly, I exercise this when working with clients, their families, colleagues and others in walking with them at their pace as we work through issues together; as they struggle to gain insights into their situations; as I wait for this process to unfold and resist the temptation to lead them or prompt them. For therapy to be effective, the client must come to certain realisations themselves this is empowering for them and taxing for me as the therapist; I need to exercise patience in order to endure. 5. Goodness As the supernatural ability and desire to do good to others, beyond my human capacity, goodness is evident in my helping those where is no direct benefit to me; for instance, when I direct those that cannot afford our services to providers that are within their budgets; when I push my directors to offer free treatment to others who equally cannot pay. The Holy Spirit will prompt me to go beyond the call of duty in helping; this in turn leads me to information for the sake of the enquirer rather than what is in my narrow selfinterest to supply. It also makes me more sensitive to the needs of the staff, rather than mechanically applying regulations as stipulated, in handling staffing issues. 6. Faithfulness This is the capacity to remain faithful to God, and by extension to complete the task set before me. This leads to integrity to do what I say I will do. My profession affords me the opportunity of displaying faithfulness in being a steward of the resources entrusted to me

money, time, vehicles, staff, the brand as well as the clients left to me by their families in the hope that I will be able to deliver on the promises made that their people will be helped. It encourages when I feel like giving up; it reminds me that ultimately I am accountable to God and not to man. It thus also defines my motivation and gives me energy and direction. 7. Gentleness This refers to control of ones anger. To get angry is natural, but as a believer, I am required not to succumb to it. I am to rule my spirit. In anger I would behave unwisely, unjustly and do things I regret. I work in a high pressure environment with a lot of negative energy (even demonic presence). I thus need to be gentle in spirit just to get through the day, let alone model this virtue to our clients, my colleagues and others. The Holy Spirit is able to strengthen me in this, and a direct benefit of gentleness is wisdom. I believe I am able to exude gentleness because I see others I deal with reciprocating. I have also learned how to soothe myself when disturbed by tapping into the well of gentleness that is the Spirit if God by reminding myself that God is still on His throne. 8. Meekness By meekness I understand humility, though I believe this also refers to kindness. True saving faith in God naturally leads to a posture of humility; in exercising agape, consider others as equal to self. Meekness also arises out of consideration of the love of God as evidenced in the crucifixion. It creates for a spirit of service and an attitude of selflessness. In my work, for me to be an effective therapist, I need to put my clients needs before my own, and to communicate this clearly. I need to show unfailing respect for their person and their ideas even though I may disagree with them. This spills over into other areas of my work with my colleagues, subordinates, and other relationships. There is a direct benefit in that I enjoy people more, I gain greater satisfaction, and I become more approachable and therefore more useful and helpful. Additionally, I am able to take instruction, becoming coachable I grow in stature (mental) and wisdom. 9. Temperance Self-control is necessary for the Christian walk; without it ones anointing cannot find full expression. In my case I am bombarded by temptations of all kinds. As a therapist I am in a position of power and authority over the clients, many of whom are conventionally attractive, soulically or physically. It is vital that I control myself and my urges firstly to agape them, but also to show them respect; temperance is a prerequisite for therapeutic effectiveness. Secondly, as an area of calling or ministry, I will be unable to do the will of

God in the lives of the client or my colleagues unless I set aside my own interests whether this means working outside office hours, doing unpleasant tasks, holding my tongue etc. I need discipline to complete tasks, stay focussed, and keep my priorities straight.