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?