What are the
Fruits of the Holy Spirit?
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a person or community living in accord with the Holy Spirit, according to chapter 5 of the Epistle to the Galatians: –
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Supernatural Kindness & Goodness
For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive as a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you.
Leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.
He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate, when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1Peter 2:19-25)
‘Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city’ (Proverbs 16:32). The next time you feel you are losing your temper ask the Holy Spirit for the fruit of patience.
Do you want to be a mighty warrior? It’s better to be known as one who is patient and slow to anger. Do you want to conquer a city? Rule over your temper before you attempt to rule a city.
Seeing Jesus in the Scripture
‘When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”
33 When they came to the place that is known as The Skull, the guards crucified Jesus, nailing him on the centre cross between the two criminals. 34 While they were nailing Jesus to the cross, he prayed over and over, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” The soldiers, after they crucified him, gambled over his clothing.
Despite the most extreme provocation and justice, Jesus kept his temper and responded in love, forgiveness and mercy. Patience is enduring or waiting, as a determination of will. It’s not merely enduring trials as a matter of necessity. Patience is a strong determination of will, to unconsciously overcome negative things we confront according to God’s will.