Galatians 5:22-23 Says “But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Being faithful is making the conscience choice, in every moment, to be in communion with God. If you are consistently in God’s presence you will inevitably display faithfulness because He is faithful. Looking at each fruit, they individually reveal the characteristics of God. He is loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled. When showing the Fruits of the Spirit, you are showing His character and what He has done in you.
The characteristics of God are defined throughout the Bible:
Love: 1 John 4:16 shows that God, Himself, is love. When we live in love we are living in Him and He lives in us. https://thegirlinthechurchpants.com/2017/12/19/feeling-fruity-lovde/
Joy: Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him. By sacrificing Himself, we would be with Him forever. That’s all Jesus has ever wanted. We are His joy. https://thegirlinthechurchpants.com/2018/01/09/feeling-fruity-joy/
Peace: Isaiah 9:6 prophesied about the coming Messiah saying that His literal name would be Prince of Peace. He brings us the peace that surpasses all understanding. This peace can only come from Him, Our Savior. https://thegirlinthechurchpants.com/2018/01/24/feeling-fruity-peace/
Patience: 2 Peter 3:9 gives a clear description of His patience when He waits for us to come to Him. God is infinitely patient with us and gives infinite opportunities to receive His best. https://thegirlinthechurchpants.com/2017/12/05/being-fruity-patience/
Kindness: Ephesians 2:7 says that God’s grace is expressed through His kindness. His kindness is what draws us to repentance. https://thegirlinthechurchpants.com/2018/02/02/feeling-fruity-kindness/
Goodness: Psalm 34:8 tells us to taste and see God’s goodness. His goodness is tangible. https://thegirlinthechurchpants.com/2017/12/13/feeling-fruity-goodness/
Faithfulness: Romans 3:3 explains that God’s faithfulness is not dependent on our faith in Him. He never fails us, even though every day we fall short of His glory.
Self-control: Hebrews 4:15 tells us that Jesus was tempted in every way, but unlike us, He never sinned. Because we have Him in us, we always have a way out of temptation. (1 Corinthians 10:13) https://thegirlinthechurchpants.com/2018/01/01/feeling-fruity-self-control/
God is so loving that we are able to love others. He is joyful, so we are able to feel inexplicable joy in the midst of any circumstance. He is peaceful, therefore we have peace that is impossible to comprehend. He has unlimited patience for us, so we are able to endure anything life throws at us. God is kind, so we can be kind to even those that are unkind. His goodness enables us to do good things. He is faithful to His promises, not because of anything we deserve, but it is His grace that builds our faith in Him. God is completely self-controlled, everything He does is with purpose, even when we do not understand His purpose (which is most of the time.)
By growing these fruits in us, which can only come from God, our lives show a glimpse of Jesus. If we are living our moments with Jesus, our character becomes more like His.