Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Quite a powerful list of fruits, which begs the question: what’s your favorite fruit?
Many Christmas cards tout love, joy, and peace, in some combination, which means they must be high on the list, don’t you think? As I reflect on which ones have the most meaning in my life, I choose joy and peace. I thank the Holy Spirit for these foremost, for what they bring me on a daily basis while I live on this earth.
Joy—there’s nothing more precious than the feeling of deep pleasure and a fulfillment so strong that there’s no void or no space for anything else—total gratitude for feeling so deliciously, soulfully, full. And then because there’s no such thing as a struggle-free life, when things try to rob you of your joy, that’s where the feeling of peace is so powerful. There’s no words to describe the awareness that you’re in a storm but that you’ll be alright, regardless of the outcome. Your chosen mindset: this too shall pass, and there will be more joy around the corner.
Joy and peace work so well together. They go hand-in-hand to keep joy at an even keel regardless of what the devil and his demons throw at you. My favorite lifetime fruits of the Holy Spirit at Joy and Peace. Amen!
So what’s your favorite fruit?
About the Author: Sandra Dillon is a professional coach with an extensive background in premarital/marriage, finances, ministry, and leadership. She coaches individuals and couples to find their purpose, be the heroes of their own life stories, and help them be a shining light in this spiritually dark world. You can learn more about Sandra or engage her as you coach by reaching out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org