Giving someone a material gift is certainly a wonderful thing but there’s a greater gift that you can give to them…. The fruit of the Spirit radiating out of your daily walk.
Galatians 5:22-23 lists these fruits “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance”
Material gifts are great, and can be shared, but material gifts can only be possessed by one person at a time. But when you share the fruit of the Spirit it multiplies so that multiple people can possess it at once, and the more it’s shared the more it spreads. Let’s break down each fruit listed and the original (Greek) definition.
Love (Agape): Agape love is the best kind of love. It is an unconditional selfless love, that serves only the person that it is given to, with nothing expected in return. How great would it be if more people showed others love with no expectation of obtaining anything?
Joy (Chara): Chara is cheerfulness or great delight. Joy is something that can spread rapidly to others. When we are around joyful people, it generally lifts our spirits and we become more joyful as well. The world would be a much better place to live with more joyful people.
Peace (Eirene): Eirene means a restful quietness. This is a peace of knowing that God is in control. Knowing that there is no need to worry because God is sovereign. This is a true relaxing peace of mind. You can spread this to others by being calm during trials, and by fully placing your trust in God. This will lead to others asking you how to obtain this trust.
Longsuffering (Makrothumia): Makrothumia means patience. Patience to wait upon God. To be able to suffer without complaining. To remain joyful in the face of trials. Longsuffering is one thing we see very little of in today’s world. We as Christians must ask God to give us this patience so that we can show the world that we are different than the world. We have a faith that God will help us to overcome any trial.
Gentleness (Chrestotes): Chrestotes means kindness. A kindness that is happy to see others doing well. It is the opposite of envy. To celebrate with someone rather than to be jealous of them.
Goodness (Agathosune): Agathosune means virtue. It means being a genuine person. It is the opposite of being a phony. We should mean what we say and say what we mean. Don’t just say good things, be good things.
Faith (Pistis): Pistis means assurance, loyalty, utterly reliable. It means you should be principle driven. Your faith should be so steadfast it cannot be broken. You must be true to your word and unshakeable in the truth of God’s Word.
Meekness (Praiotes): Praiotes means humility. We must be humble and never praise ourselves. We must forget self and serve God.
Temperance (Egkrateia): Egkrateia means self control. We must not lose our temper easily. We must be able to control ourselves and make good decisions by God’s wisdom and principles rather than to be driven by an out of control anger.
How much better would this world be if we shared these fruits with others? Let’s make a decision to study God’s Word, and do our best to share these fruits of the Spirit that God puts within us as Christians. The flesh and the Spirit are in a constant war with one another. Let us remove the lust of the flesh. We can either share our lusts or share the fruits of the Spirit, we cannot do both. “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.