In Galatians 5:22-24, ‘the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’ These qualities are like orchard as they constitute evident sign of growth, fruitfulness multiplication and maturity in faith. God’s first fruit greatest quality love is His only Son Christ sent to save and restore us to God.
Christ is First Fruit given as sacrificial offering first harvest from God’s agricultural produce of harvest of souls. Greater love has no man than Christ Who gave His life as ransom for many by unconditional love. So believers are to bear Christlike spiritual love fruits to impact the kingdom of God.
An understanding of Godly love is important because the Holy Spirit helps us to love supernaturally as God’s ultimate expression of love is Christ Jesus. Love is used to depict emotional feelings which change with the time. Godly love is manifested through the gift of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Fruits are grown, mature, ripe, firmly, has many colourful and desirable tastes appealing to be eaten, so does Godly Love attract people to God’s kingdom.
The Bible is written to all the world by God as an incredible love letter that makes us thankful to God. As God loved us so believers love God and give first fruits as the duty and responsibility of a true disciple and loving one another. Agape love is affection for self, based on God’s command to love and care first, for one self in a healthy way.
Godly joy shows through affection with clear boundaries for other more focused and passionate about life. We develop a compassion in the heart for holiness which permeates things and people. We are joyfully involved in loyal commitments so able to marshal, direct our life wisely for good through Christ crucified.
Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance in a negative way or exhibiting anger. Those who belong to Christ have joy connected to Godly love joy of the Lord our strength. So walk in perfect peace of God passing human understanding.
Kindness is behaviour marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern for others. It is known as a virtue and recognized as a value in Christianity. Kindness is generosity in spirit showing consideration for others to help make life easier or bearable. It includes resources and and time set aside on behalf of other in Jesus Name.
This state or quality of being good, with moral excellence; virtue and kindly feeling to show kindness; generosity. Such kindness is excellence quality of goodness of workmanship to strengthen others with integrity, honesty, uprightness, probity. Goodness, morality, virtue refer to qualities of character, conduct so entitles possessor to approval esteem. Goodness isthe simple word for general quality recognized in acceptable behaviour.
Goodness is morality implies conformity to recognized standards of right conduct a citizen of the highest morality. Virtue means goodness consciously or steadily maintained in spite of temptations. So overcomes other influences of unassailable virtue to remain firm and have an unwavering virtue, benevolence, benignity, humanity, worth and value.
Faithfulness is a strict or thorough in the performance of duty by a faithful worker true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc. and steady in allegiance or affection; constant loyalty. God is so faithful to us so sent Christ Jesus to restore us to Himself. Christian believers walk in faithfulness and loyalty to God.
Gentleness is number eight in the list of the fruit of the Holy Spirit also known as meekness or humility. A gentle person gives a soft answer even when provoked or under pressure so not aggressive. The power of the Holy Spirits help and so teaches us to be gentle. Gentleness is not wellness but wisdom and strength of self -control.
Self–control is the ability to control one’s emotions, feelings, behaviour, desire, choices, actions, decisions in order to obtain some reward, or avoid consequences by pleasing God and finding Favour with God and people. The right thing is done by faith, grace and mercy of God through Christ who strengthens us to bear good fruits in Jesus Name.