Fruit of the Spirit -- Poetry

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"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things." - Galatians 5:22-23

Fruit of the Spirit
- Janine Tomlin

Walking in the Spirit means living every day
Looking up to Jesus and following His way.
And when I give Him all of me
Just like a mighty tree–
My actions will become sweet fruit
For all the world to see.

Galatians 5 lists all nine fruits

The Spirit wants to grow

And if you read them for yourself

You will be sure to know:

That LOVE comes first–the kind you choose,

Not feelings you may lose,

But actions that show sacrifice,

And branch out the Good News.

And then comes JOY, that you can hold

No matter what life brings

It’s the Song of all God’s promises

The glad heart daily sings.

Sweet PEACE comes next, a quiet heart

Though life may twist and turn,

Then PATIENCE shows it wants no part

Of sparks that quickly burn.

KINDNESS is an active fruit

It treats others with care

The love of Jesus is the root

That spreads it everywhere.

GOODNESS knows and does what’s right–

Its actions match God’s teaching

It spreads His shining, perfect light

Into a dark world reaching.

FAITHFULNESS is like a rock,

A firm and steady friend

Who never leaves you hanging–

But is loyal to the end.

GENTLENESS is tender strong.

It turns the other cheek.

It rarely ruffles when it’s wronged.

(It’s a synonym for “meek.”)

And then at last, fruit number nine,

(Its growth requires practice).

It doesn’t lash out, pout, or whine,

Or prickle like a cactus.

It doesn’t need to over-dine

Or lick clean the ice cream bowl;

For with the Spirit Helper,
you can have fruit SELF CONTROL.

When you put the nine together,

A fruit salad you will make

That proves to all the world your life

Is lived for Jesus’ sake!

Father, You are a God of Increase, and today I ask for an increase in the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Give me the desire to accept the fruit with humility. Amen.
Jul 5 2018