But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith… (Galatians 5:22, KJV) The scriptures use figurative language especially metaphors extensively. The basic objective of a metaphor is to use something physical which we all know and can relate with to teach spiritual things which are abstract and sometimes challenging to
Fruit of the Spirit
But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious (1 Peter 3:4, ESV) We are acquainted with physical beauty, as well as material riches. However, there is spiritual beauty just as there are spiritual riches. The
Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency (1 Corinthians 7:5 KJV) The Apostle Paul gives us an intriguing instruction in the verse above while teaching on marriage
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly (Prov. 14:29 ESV) King Solomon gives us another piece of wise counsel for daily living. He says the person who is slow to become angry has great understanding, but those who are quick-tempered, hasty to get angry or
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, ….. self-control; against such things there is no law (Gal. 5:22-23 ESV) Self-control is a gracious fruit of the Spirit. It might not be one of the “popular ones” you will often hear about, but its absence in a person’s character cannot be missed, even for
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant (1 Cor. 13:4 ESV) 1 Corinthians 13 has been appropriately labeled the chapter of love. It gives us the characteristics of what God calls love. One such trait given to us is that love is kind. A kind person is
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30 ESV) The word “grieve” as used in the text above means to “cause to feel sorrow or unhappiness.” The scripture urges us not to grieve the Holy Spirit because He indeed can be grieved.