The Fruit of the Spirit


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: “Fruit is always the miraculous, the created; it is never the result of willing, but always a growth. The fruit of the Spirit is a gift of God, and only He can produce it. They who bear it know as little about it as the tree knows of its fruit. They know only the power of Him on whom their life depends.”

Here is a rerun of our earlier posts on the fruit of the spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23.

Fruit One Is Love.
The love you take, is equal to the love you make. – The Beatles

Fruit Two Is Joy.
Joy in God is the happiest of all joys. – C. H. Spurgeon

Fruit Three Is Peace.
To be at one with God is to be at peace … peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one’s own soul. – Ralph Waldo Trine

Fruit Four Is Longsuffering.
Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy. – Sir Arthur Helps

Fruit Five Is Gentleness.
Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong. – Leo F. Buscaglia

Fruit Six Is Goodness.
In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death. – Anne Frank

Fruit Seven Is Faith.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darken. – J. R. R. Tolkien

Fruit Eight Is Meekness.
Glances of true beauty can be seen in the faces of those who live in true meekness. – Henry David Thoreau

Fruit Nine Is Temperance.
Temperance keeps the senses clear and unembarrassed. It appears with life in the face, and decorum in the person; it gives you the command of your head, secures your health, and preserves you in a condition for business. – Jeremy Collier

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