The Fruit of the Spirit Is…
By Jim Kirchner
I’ve been recently thinking about the Fruit of the Spirit outlined in Galatians 5, and I believe it has something to say to us in our present time.
Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is:
Love – If there was a time for the unconditional love that we have received to in turn be given to others, it is now. Let’s show those around us, especially our own family members, that the Holy Spirit gives us strength to love one another selflessly. John 13:35
Joy – In the midst of trials and tests, count it all joy. This is not a giddiness but a deep internal joy because we know who we are and whose we are. James 1:2-4
Peace – Let us all strive for peace with God, peace with ourselves and peace with others. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9
Patience – What a time for patience as we stand in the check-out line. We are not flustered but growing in character as at each turn our patience may be tried. Allow our patience to shine forth in this restless time. Ephesians 4:2
Kindness – Amp up the kindness meter – especially at home and in your sphere of influence. If we can be kind in the close quarters of our homes, then there is a good chance it will spill over to others. Think of a family activity that may show a special kindness to someone else. Colossians 3:12
Goodness – Perhaps the best epitaph on all of our tombstones someday would be “This was a good person”! Let’s be good for goodness sake. Romans 8:28
Faithfulness – Are we able with God’s leading and the Holy Spirit’s help to stand faithfully in the difficult times, or does our faith show only when life events turn in our favor? Our faithfulness through trials will reveal where our real hope and faith lie. Romans 5:3-5
Gentleness – The Bible says let your gentleness be evident to all, for the Lord is near. Philippians 4:5
Self-control – This attribute is the one that in many ways binds all the others together. Like love at the top of this page, if there ever was a time for self-control, now is the time. Wait, slow down, and move a little more deliberately. Let’s practice self-control as we wait for the coming glory of the return of our Lord! Titus 2:11-14
May we use this opportunity to grow as people of the Fruit of the Spirit!
It can be tempting to fill up and occupy all of our newfound time with other tasks, but I encourage you to lean into the quiet. Take time to reflect, pray and take some walks outside where you can get some good vitamin D from God’s gift of the sun (of course following any rules or ordinances that may be in place).