Daily Devotional Thursday 5th November

by William Moody

Galatians 5:22–23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

(ESV)

After considering the works of the flesh yesterday we come today to the much more encouraging subject of the fruit of the Spirit.

  1. Love (agape) – God’s unconditional love for us should then flow from us to others. 2. Joy (chara) – the believer is to have joy unspeakable (1 Peter 1 v8) from their knowledge of God and His grace through Christ. 3. Peace – this is knowing God’s wrath no longer hangs over us and this leads to a state of contentment and fulfilment. 4. Patience – this is longsuffering, not losing your temper. 5. Kindness – acting in a way that is morally right and useful towards others. 6. Goodness – acting in a way to bring what is good into the lives of others. 7. Faithfulness – in this context means acting full of faith. 8. Gentleness – which comes from humility. It is not pushing self forward before others. 9. Self-control – this speaks of moral strength to do what is right despite the desires to do otherwise.

We need to look at the above list and see where we are weak and pray for God’s grace to improve. This is Fruit of the Spirit; these qualities come from the work of the Spirit within as our relationship with Christ deepens.

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