The Fruit of the Spirit are certainly well-known, but I’m not sure if they are truly sought after. Part of that issue is probably found in the fact that we misunderstand what the Fruit of the Spirit are. The Fruit aren’t just ‘good ideas,’ they are the product of someone who pursues life in the Spirit. They’re called ‘fruit’ because, through the Spirit, these attributes grow and mature in our lives as we let go of our selfish ambitions and human desires and allow the Spirit to guide us.
As Paul wrote, life in the Spirit includes:
“Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22).
These attributes are so important, we need to make sure we understand what’s actually happening when we pursue them. To help, let me give you nine things you probably didn’t know about the Fruit of the Spirit:
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