What Are The Fruits of The Spirit? {Chelsey Duda}

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Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

LOVE

But how does God define true Christian love. Christ showed that the ultimate expression of godly love is the willingness to put one’s own life on the line for others.

Putting the concerns of others above your own.

JOY

Cheerfulness, calm delight, and gladness. You become glad when you are righteous and overcome sin.

PEACE

To remain peaceful through trials and other negative circumstances in life. To turn the other cheek when we are wronged.

LONGSUFFERING

It is through suffering for an extended period of time that you can develop patience, in waiting for God to work things out in His own time and in His own way. Several verses show how patience, endurance and perseverance are vital in our Christian lives, especially in the end time, when world conditions will be worse than they have ever been.

GENTLENESS

To be gentle is to realize that we all require a certain degree of “handling with care.” It means to deal with people in such a way as to take their needs and feelings into consideration, understanding that, just as you have certain sensitivities, others are also sensitive in various ways.

GOODNESS

Performing acts of kindness and charity. Love your enemies. Christ is showing that one of the tests of true conversion is whether or not we can show goodness to those who are not naturally inclined to show goodness to us in return.

FAITH

It is defined as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In other words, faith is its own PROOF of the validity and certainty of God’s promises. It is our proof that God will “make good” on His words. It is our proof that He will intervene in our trials. Through faith, we can be assured that God will not require us to endure more than we can bear (I Cor. 10:13).

MEEKNESS (humility)

So, meekness is not a lack of strength. It is an attitude of approaching God and our neighbor through humility, realizing that we can do nothing apart from God (John 5:19, 30)—but that, through Christ, we can do ALL things (Phil.

TEMPERANCE (self control)

Those who do have God’s Spirit dwelling in their minds should be exercising control over their emotions and actions, not “giv[ing] place to the devil” (Eph. 4:27). And this should be obvious to those around us. We should not allow circumstances or situations to dictate our mood, demeanor or language. Rather, Christians should remain in control of their emotions and attitudes.

{Written By Chelsey Duda}