But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit. let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:22-26
Have you ever considered that the order in which Paul list the fruit of the Spirit implies that the first fruit is love and that all of the other qualities associated flow from the presence of His love in you?
Joy is delighting in God’s love and the wonders of His creation. Peace is resting on His promises and trusting they will be fulfilled because you know your Lord won’t let you down. Patience is waiting for the Lord because you trust that in His love, He always give you His best. Kindness is reacting lovingly to those around you. Goodness is choosing to do what is right out of love for God. Faithfulness is remaining true to the Lord out of gratefulness for love He’d shown you. Gentleness is lovingly empathizing with people in need or pain. And self-control is actively resisting temptation out of love for Him.
As you open yourself to the fullness of God’s love, these character qualities are going to flow from your life. So receive the Savior’s love with a sincere, open, and humble heart.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends