Galatians 5:22-23, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
What does it look like on the with-God side of the battle? I enjoy how Peterson expands these nine fruits in The Message:
- 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 commitments”
- Gentleness – “not needing to force our way in life”
- Self-control – “able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
The look of this side of the battlefield is very different from the other. Genuine caring. A deep Joie de Vivre. A heart and mind truly at rest. The ability to graciously live well with what is. A basic orientation that seeks the good of others. The ability to see the image of God underneath any distortion of creation or of people—original virtue. The resolve to stay with what is good and right and holy no matter how challenging the journey becomes. The restraint to never force anyone or anything. And the power to always choose life for myself and for those I care about. This is the side I want to choose!
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