Fruits of the Spirit

I’ve been reading some in the Message and it is just really refreshing and makes you think about what you are reading. So the other day, I thought I would compare the fruits of the spirit between the TNIV and the Message. 

I found that instead of just listing out the fruits of the spirit, the Message gave more of a definition or a description of the fruits.

Love // Affection for others

Joy // Exuberance about life

Peace // Serenity

Patience // A willingness to stick with things

Kindness // A sense of compassion in the heart

Goodness // A conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people

Faithfulness // We find ourselves involved in loyal commitment

Gentleness // We find ourselves not needing to force our way in life

Self-Control // We find ourselves able to marshal and direct our energies wisely

Seeing how the Message described the fruits made me think about them differently. What about you?

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