What Are The Fruits Of The Spirit?

 fruit of the spirit

A conversation with Hannah about blogging usually goes something like this:

“Abigail, you should really write something for Radical Femininity.”


“Because you have only written one thing since we started this!”

“You don’t say?”

“Yes. It was a review. You should really start posting.”

“I’m not a blogger.”

“Well you WOULD be if you’d do it! I think you’d make a wonderful blogger.”

“Nope. Don’t know how.”

“Well it usually helps to learn, silly!”

“I’m not silly. I’m really smart sometimes.”

“That’s debatable.”

“That’s an insult.”


“Maybe I’ll forgive you.”

“So when are you going to post something?”

“Uhhhh … maybe the second Tuesday of next week?”


“No, not silly … I’m a busy person. I’ve got places to go and people to see….”  I think you got the idea 🙂

I’ve always thought blogs were great … when you write and I read.  That’s how it has been, and that’s the way I like it! It’s something I don’t really know how to do, so I’ve never given it much thought. I liked the idea of starting this blog, but did’t really think about the fact that maybe I should post on it sometimes! But I’ve always heard that when inspiration hits, you should do something about it, so with that in mind (and maybe a little encouragement from Hannah!), I’m going to share some things I’ve been learning lately! I hope you’ll excuse my straight forward and ever so impolitically-correct way of writing!

If you grew up in a Godly home, then most likely you have read or heard about the fruits of the spirit, right??? I’ve read Galatians 5:22-23 for as long as I can remember, but I think we kind of overlook the more “common” passages more often than we should! Those two little verses got my attention the other day when I was listening to the song “It’s Worth It” by Francesca Battistelli. It talks about love, and how it’s not easy, but is worth it. I got to thinking about love – what it means and how to live it out, and then from there I got to thinking about the different things listed as the fruits of the Spirit. So I’m going to go through each of the “fruits” listed … most of you know it already, but it often helps me to hear things more than once! So I’ll start with love, and go down the list!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Let’s see what defines love.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love seems to be one of the most clearly defined things in the Bible, but the hardest to do!

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Love. A simple, little four-letter word. It sounds so easy, but is so complicated! But love is one of the most important things in the world!

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Love goes much deeper than the warm, fuzzy kind of romantic thing that today’s world calls love. The fashion magazines and social media present love, but unfortunately they don’t really know what true love is.

  • True love doesn’t run dry or disappear after a few months or years.
  • True love doesn’t quit when life gets messy.
  • True love forgives.
  • True love hopes.
  • True love works through hurt.
  • True love overcomes.
  • True love isn’t always convenient.
  • True love is accountable.
  • True love looks for the good in others.
  • True love waits.
  • True love say “NO” to evil.
  • True love is relentless.
  • True love doesn’t change.
  • True love is invincible!

It goes beyond pain and suffering, beyond heartache and hurt feelings. True love holds together in the hardest situations. And true love ONLY comes from the Creator of it!

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

There are SO many verses that talk about love but I think we’d be here all day if we tried to list them all, so I’ll leave you with this one:

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7

I hope you were encouraged and inspired by this … may we all learn to love truly!

With lots of love ~ Abigail

13 thoughts on “What Are The Fruits Of The Spirit?

  1. Thank you, Abigail. That was a good article! You sound like me! There are times that Jim will want me to do something, something I know I should do, but would rather not. But just the doing of the thing is showing love, just as you showed love to Hannah by writing this. Love and blessings….

    1. Thank you Miss Charlene! Yes, maybe I should’ve added “true love goes out of it’s comfort zone!” Haha, Hannah has been talking to me about posting something for a LONG time, but I never really knew what to write, and am not a big writer anyways! But I’ve finaallyyy gotten around to it, so I hope it blesses somebody … I know it will be good for me to learn/remind myself of some of these things too!

  2. When I was a little tyke … over 40 years ago … I remember asking my mother about the songs on the radio. “Why does everybody sing about LOVE?”, I asked. I can’t remember her exact answer but it had something to do with the fact that it was something that everyone wanted. I don’t think that things have changed much in the last 50 years … or five thousand years. Everyone wants to love and be loved. The problem is that they have not done like you have done … they have not gone to the Scriptures to find out what true love … truly is.

    Elvis Presley sang “I can’t help falling in love with you”. Can anyone remember who he sang this to … whom did Elvis truly love? Ray Charles sang “I can’t stop loving you”. I wonder if he was singing it to one of his wives, or one of the other eight women who he had children with. Tina Turner sang “What’s love got to do with it”. Whitney Houston sang “I will always love you”. Afterwards, she was divorced from her husband and died from a drug overdose.

    The Everly Brothers sang “You’ve lost that loving feeling” … proving that for many people, their misunderstanding of “love” is based purely on feelings. The “Loving Spoonful” sang “Do you believe in Magic” … as if we must rely on “magic” for us to find our true love.

    I could go on and on bringing up old, so called “love songs” … that prove that they truly are not love songs at all. They are sinful man’s attempt at writing and singing about something that they know nothing about.

    To be fair, there are some songs out there that do hold a place, near and dear to my heart. My children have heard me sing them and I sometimes dance with my bride while the music is playing. Consider “My Girl”, by the Temptations. Van Morrison sings “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You”. One of my favorites of all time is “What a Wonderful World”, by Louis Armstrong.

    With all that being said, I think the best plan is to go back to the Scriptures and see what they have to say about love. Our worldly focus is often on loving someone else in a romantic way. And while I am a man … a husband … a father … I am all in favor of loving in a romantic way. But if you don’t have a love for your Heavenly Father … then I don’t think you are going to be able to love other people.

    So, with that in mind, I leave you with this song … “I love you Yah, and I lift my voice, to worship you, oh my soul, rejoice. Take joy my king, in what you hear, let it be a sweet, sweet sound, in your hear”.

    1. That’s such a good point. I didn’t even think about the music side of it all when I was writing this! That’s so true … everybody wants to love and be loved, but what a mixed up world we live in. It’s so sad that people spend their lives looking for love, but don’t even know what it really is!

  3. Abigail, I’m so glad that Hannah talked you into writing this post. I really enjoyed it, and I had a big smile on my face when I saw that adorable picture! 🙂 As far as 1 Corinthians 13….That is one of my favorite chapters in the entire Scriptures!!! 😀 I love how clearly it defines what true love is, and how it applies to every aspect of our lives, every relationship, everything we do! If it’s not done with the love of Yeshua….then it’s not done in the right way…..It’s so encouraging and yet soooo convicting to me at the same time! Definitely a powerful chapter! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for commenting, Joy! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, and aren’t those two little ones just darling???! I was so excited to come across the picture … have I ever told you that you have some adorable nieces and nephews? 🙂 I love the look on Aliyah’s face, and how Isaac has his arm around her so sweetly! Oh, and don’t forget poor little Fluffy:). I guess that picture was taken back in the day when she was actually pink!!!

      That is one of my favorite passages too … isn’t it amazing how simple and matter of fact it all is? If only living it out were so easy! You know the song “Proof Of Your Love” by For King And Country? I really love that song. I love reading and learning from those verses, but like you, I always get so convicted every time I read them! I’m convinced that I’ll be learning how to love for the rest of my life :).

      1. Why, thank you, Abi. I’m quite fond of them too!!! Such lil’ darlings! And I know….That picture….it’s a classic in so many ways. 🙂

        Nope. I’ve never heard that song, but I’ll have to check it out. I feel the same way you do though, because I know that I will always be learning how to show Yeshua’s love for the rest of my life too!

    1. Thanks for commenting Miss Ally … I’d love to check the posts out! Please feel free to put the link on your blog! Blessings!

    1. That’s a wonderful idea … I love making helpful little things like that! I’ll have to do that with my little sis sometime:). Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Amazing post, sweet Abigail!!! Such an incredible blessing to with you guys today! I look forward to reading more from you! Thank you so much for sharing this! Peace and many blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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