Fruit of the Spirit: Inspiration for Women from Galatians 5:22-23 is a delightful women’s devotional that celebrates the fruit of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life. Thoughtful readings speak to the heart of the reader. Memorable quotations and poignant spiritual insights add to the rich spiritual depth of the 192-page book. Set in a charming 4-color design, Fruit of the Spirit is the perfect book to give as a gift or to use for personal quiet time.
The context of Galatians 5 informs Christians that we either live by means of the Holy Spirit or we walk according to our own flesh. Being “led by the Spirit” means saying no to sin and instead, walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-21). Then the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace in our relation to God; patience, kindness, goodness in how we treat others; and faithfulness, meekness, and self-control with regard to ourselves. See the list to learn more.
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LOVE is the Greek word, agape, which means affection, good will, benevolence, brotherly love. Used of God, it means unconditional and undeserved love, which is His essence. His very nature is LOVE. See John 3:16 and Romans 5:8.
JOY (Cherry fruit)
JOY means gladness, but not necessarily in our emotions or feelings. We have spiritual joy, even while suffering, because God is trustworthy, and our relationship with Him is permanent (1 Thessalonians 1:6).
PEACE (Assorted Red and Green Apples)
PEACE implies harmony and safety. Blueletterbible.org says it is “the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot. See John 14:26-27.
PATIENCE (Blackberries fruit)
PATIENCE means enduring our circumstances and waiting on God to work things out His way, because He does all things well, and according to His timetable. James 5:10-11 says the outcome of our endurance is always God’s mercy and compassion.
KINDNESS (Banana Fruit)
God exemplifies KINDNESS. Not only does He extend His grace to us, meaning His gifts to us are totally free and undeserved, but He is also merciful, which means He doesn’t give us what we DO deserve. See Titus 3:4-5.
GOODNESS (Fragaria Fruit Close-up)
GOODNESS means treating people right. We do good deeds out of gratitude for what God does for us, not to earn His favor or to pay Him back. Our works do not gain us eternal life; they result from receiving it as a free gift (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Faithfulness requires faith. Having faith in God means we believe what He says in His Word. Thus we are confident that He will keep His promises. Our faith pleases Him (Hebrews 11:6).
Sometimes the word for MEEKNESS is translated as gentleness, but it is more than that—it is humility, taking the last place, shining the spotlight on someone else, not on ourselves. See Ephesians 4:2-3.
SELF CONTROL (Pineapples)
SELF CONTROL means making right choices, which naturally results in right actions. Christian liberty gives us the freedom of choice and action, and the Holy Spirit enables us to control ourselves (Ephesians 4:22-24).