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The Fruit of the Spirit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law.”
The fruit of the Spirit was given to this ministry as a covenant by God. It is the fruit that keeps us free from sin and bondage. The characteristics of the fruit wage war against the lust of the flesh.
Love is a feeling of strong affection. It is love that embodies all the fruit of the Spirit. Love is God’s character. I Corinthians 13th chapter defines love: Love suffers long and is kind; love envies not, loves wants not itself. It does not behave unseemly and is not puffed up. Love is represented by pineapple, kiwi and watermelon.
Joy is a feeling of great happiness. The emotion evoked by well-being or delight. Joy is the fruit that is the opposite of depression, sadness or sorrow. Nehemiah 8:10 says for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Joy is represented by seedless grapes and cantaloupe.
Peace is a state where there is not war or fighting. Peace is the fruit of the Spirit that wages was against strife, disagreement and hostility. Isaiah 26:3 says, thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee. Peace is represented by Bartlett pears, avocado and red apples.
Longsuffering is suffering for a long tie without complaining, patience during difficult times. It is also our ability to endure one another with patience for a long, long, long time. II Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. Longsuffering is represented by Pomegranates, grapes with seeds and coconut.
Gentleness is defined as the state of being gentle, mild of manners or disposition. Gentleness is not weakness, it is the ability to be mild in all circumstances. Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle shewing all meekness unto all men. Gentleness is represented by pears, yellow apples and mangoes.
Goodness is the quality or state of being good. Goodness is the character of our Father. There is none good but God, this is His character and we strive to exemplify goodness. Micah 6:8 He hath shown thee, O man what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.
Faith is strong belief or trust in someone or something. Faith is believing without seeing. The ability to trust God in every circumstance and situation. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of the unseen. Faith is represented by lemon and lime.
Meekness is enduring injury with patience and without resentment. Not violent, mild. Meekness is the ability to submit. Meekness is one of the characteristics of Jesus. Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest unto your souls. Meekness is represented by bananas, plums and prunes.
Temperance is the practice of always controlling your actions, thoughts or feelings so that you do not over indulge. It is moderation in the indulgence of the appetites. Romans 6:12 Let not sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof. Temperance is represented by pippin green apples and tangerines.