Following in the footprints of Jesus

The Fruit of the Spirit

This morning's message came from the apostle Paul's letter to the Galatian church, Galatians 5:22-23:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law."

  • Love – The ability to overlook the sins and faults of others (Matthew 18:21-22)
  • Joy – The ability to worship God from the heart under adverse conditions (Job 1:21)
  • Peace – The ability "to be still and know that I am God" during tough times (Psalm 46:10)
  • Long-suffering (or patience) – The ability to wait on the Lord (Psalm 62:5)
  • Gentleness – The ability to put others before you in kindness and benevolence (Philippians 2:4)
  • Goodness – The ability to live by good, moral worth, even in private (Hebrews 4:13)
  • Faith (or faithfulness) – The ability to believe God when "common sense" says otherwise (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Meekness (or gentleness) – The ability to be tender in spirit, exhibiting no spiritual pride (Numbers 12:3)
  • Temperance (or self-control) – The ability to rule over the desires of the flesh (Romans 8:13)

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