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Unpacking the Fruit of the Spirit


Galatians 5:22–23 is only one of many passages in the Bible that teach us deep truths. This passage emphasises the importance of cultivating a life that embodies "the fruit of the Spirit"—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. But what does each one mean? Let’s break it down.

Love

In the context of Christianity, love transcends emotion. Love is more than just a warm, fuzzy feeling, right? As Christians, we are commanded to love our neighbour as ourselves (Matthew 22:39) and prioritise others' needs over our own (Philippians 2:3). In other words, selflessness is essential to leading a life that puts love at its core.

Joy

Joy can be hard to define but is easy to recognise when you have it. Joy encompasses gladness and pleasure. Even in moments of adversity or sorrow, joy exists.

Peace

Another term that affects all aspects of our lives as Christians is peace. It can refer to tranquillity, calmness, as well as external peace, which is achieved through forgiving and understanding others (Romans 12:18). Finding a way to resolve a dispute or making an effort to have true peace within oneself through meditation or study of the Bible are examples of practising peace.

Living a life that exudes the fruit of the Spirit necessitates consistent prayer and meditation on God's word. By focusing on loving your neighbour as yourself, holding on to joy even in the midst of adversity, pursuing inner and outer peace, exercising patience, showing kindness to everyone around you, maintaining goodness, remaining faithful to God’s will, being gentle towards all people, and exercising self-control over your thoughts and actions. And that is something worth pursuing!

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