Recently my littlest was learning about the Fruits of the Spirit at church which meant I was also learning about them. Here are the Fruit of the Spirit.
What are the Fruit of the Spirit?
The Fruit of the Spirit are found in Galatians 5:22-23. They are traits produced by the Holy Spirit living within us. And yes its Fruit singular, not plural. These traits work together to help us grow to be more like Christ.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
This type of love is sometimes referred to as Agape (ah-gah-pay) love in the Bible. It is not just a feeling but an attitude of love and devotion towards others. It’s a sacrificial love that gives without expecting anything in return.
Here are some Bible Verses About Love
Joy is not the same as happiness. True joy comes from the Holy Spirit and is not dependant on external circumstances. When you fix your eyes on God you can have joy in your life no matter what obstacles come your way.
Peace doesn’t mean that your life is perfect or that you don’t get upset when troubles come your way. But peace is a tranquility that you have in spite of all the turmoil around you. Peace comes from knowing that whatever circumstances you face God has your back.
Here are some Bible Verses About Peace
Patience is a hard one – like really hard. I wouldn’t suggest you ever pray for patience (insert laughter here). Patience is when you’re able to persevere through circumstances without lashing out at others or getting irritated.
Here are some Bible Verses About Patience
When I think of kindness and goodness I think about being “Jesus with skin on”. Kindness and goodness are the easiest way to show the love of Jesus to those around you.
Faithfulness is about being reliable and trustworthy. Your faith should be an example to others. Your devotion to Christ should be evident to those around you.
Gentleness and meekness are similar traits. This doesn’t mean that you’re a doormat. It’s about forgiveness, kindness, and showing those traits to others.
Self-control is the last Fruit of the Spirit. It’s about releasing your selfish and worldly desires and letting the Holy Spirit direct your desires.