Fruit of the Spirit: Day 7

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Today's Text: Galatians 5:22-23

We believe memorizing scripture is one of the best ways to carry the Word of our God with us wherever we go—to have God-breathed truth, instruction and reproof in our hearts and minds as we live unto Him each day.

This week we’ve chosen the verses at the center of our study of the fruit of the Spirit:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
- Galatians 5:22-23, NASB

Write this verse down—copy it twenty times if that helps! Post it on your mirror or at your desk, in your car or on the fridge—anywhere you’ll see it often. Save the image below as your phone’s lock screen so you can read these words of truth throughout the day.

We want to be a community that is intentional about scripture memorization. Will you join us?

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  • Omnia Koumi

    I’m grateful today for the Lord’s goodness.

  • Love that little pear picture!! Stealing it for my Pinterest :)!

  • ed sheeran

    this december, fruit cakes are becoming more common in our local supermarket. i love fruit cakes::

    http://www.edsheeran.co.uk

  • I am enjoying going through this study. I am learning more each day, but also just spending time studying the word and spending time with Jesus is invaluable. Thank you for this site.

  • Laura McKinney

    This is a verse that I already have memorized, but I think that can sometimes be the problem with us. We get so “used to” scripture that we forget really what it means and don’t dig deep into the word. It becomes surface level rather than picking it apart and allowing God to transform us through His word. I think this is an easy thing to do as believers. I ever have done it. Reading this week and seeing that I need to memorize this verse I kinda rolled my eyes like. “Oh, I know this…” BUT the thing is… memorized or not, it’s the living, breathing word of God. It’s alive and there’s always something new to learn and something new God wants to speak to me and you. So, no I’m not gonna memorize anything, but I’m gonna meditate on the verse this week asking God to reveal himself in a new way. May love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control be not just words in a verse but the fruit of my life. These fruits are the character of who Jesus is. God, help my life and character to be more like you. May I love people in a different way. May I have joy upon joy. May I be gentle to those I speak and aware of my surroundings. May I be kind to others and so much more. This scripture is so much as to represent and teach of Christ and his character. This is who God is. He is the word (John 1:1) and may we never forget that. It is NEVER irrelevant and it alive and can speak to you and ME in completely different ways!

    Just an encouragement today for ME and I hope for you too!

    • Sharon Russell

      Laura you write your thoughts like I do. In the midst of writing, I will pray that God will make me more like His Son, and less like me. As a matter of fact, that’s exactly what I wrote today while finishing my study in kindness. I told God that I needed to be in His word daily so that His word can change me and renew me. If I don’t know His word and His character how can I represent Him to a dying world. I too had memorized this scripture but was I living it out daily, probably not. We have to be intentional in our walk with the Lord, continue to grow closer to Him daily so that we, like Jesus, will have the words of life to give to others when needed.

  • You are a tree, tall, beautiful, and strong. You have an inner desire to love, be joyful, at peace, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and full of self-control.
    These seem impossible but surely, there is nothing greater.
    Grow tall, beautiful, and strong my young tree; and you will have the sweetest of fruits.

  • This weekly truth was written just for me i promise! Just prayed for all of those things today. Wow.

  • Shanyl G.

    I wanna be intentional on memorizing scripture and this scripture for sure being one of them

  • Shelby Steckbauer

    This is wonderful

  • Thanks for coirtibutnng. It’s helped me understand the issues.

  • Kait Scrivner

    I am a young new mother, 19 and married to my best friend of 5 years. We had to move out of our last neighborhood because it was dangerous and had to move in with my parents. I just wanted to ask for prayers as we try to get our finances in order, find a house suitable for a growing family, grow in the Spirit and Word, and all other aspects of our lives. We have been through a lot here recently and I would appreciate all prayers so much!! thank you and God bless!!!

  • Lucero Rodriguez

    I recently started reading shereadstruth with one of my friends and I love it! I struggle with patiently waiting for the man who is going to be my husband and I know God is still working with me to mold me into the woman he created me to be for my husband. Through the fruits of the spirit devotional God has showed me that I need to practice and live them out. especially the patience and self control. its a great devotional!

  • CindyCasto

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 
- Galatians 5:22-23, NASB

  • A reminder that I must live with the fruits of the Holy Spirit every day in ofer to further my relationship with the Holy Spirit

  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 
…this is reminding me to help make sure my posture is where God wants it to be when it comes to my fruit whether it’s agape love, joy and peace in midst of sorrow, kindness that comes from the king…all these things I know God is helping me keep them in check. Thank you Lord for walking with me daily and loving me unconditionally. Amen

  • 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. If we started each day using this as our model what marvels could we create! What peace and compassion we could bring! Sure we’ll fail through the out the day, BUT, how many more times would we succeed?

  • I’m totally behind on this study but I chose to read it specifically because this is what we’re studying in our women’s group “the fruit of the Spirit” and our spiritual gifting. We all must strive to live in ALL these fruits and if we are lacking in any of them, we should be intentional about walking in those until they become who we are.

  • essay-on-time.com

    Education teaches us that we should be the reason of proud for our parents and learning is a great habit for students and it can make your parents proud. Education also tells us about the importance of education.

  • I have oh so loved this study!

  • MNmomma (heather)

    This has nothing to do with our study today, and yet sort of everything……

    I have shared a bit about losing my mom and the countless struggles that we have gone thru since then. If you start to list them out, it can seem rather overwhelming….actually without God, any one of the dozens of crises that have occurred would have been (and at times were…). I have had a few large totes filled with my childhood "stuff" that were thrown into boxes in a rushed way after mom died 19 years ago. My step dad was getting rid of everything, so if I wanted to keep anything of hers, we had to get in there and grab what we could. For many years, it was simply too painful to even think of going thru…..they just sat up on a shelf way up high at the top of the garage. Last night as we pulled into the garage from a day of baseball tournaments, I told my hubby, I want that tote down. He looked at me like I was crazy, but got it down for me (true love right there!)……inside was one of the best, most precious gifts….. and the timing couldn't be more perfect. There were old cassette tapes of my mom and her group from church singing (she was part of a church band and they did concerts occasionally at church) AND a bottle of her perfume. The tapes were from 1986……just before we made a cross country move. I literally was able to hear my mom's voice and smell her last night……my senses were overwhelmed and yes, the tears flowed. Happy tears though……this was the most beautiful gift ever. I was not ready for this gift before now. God knew I was ready, and was in need. It was beyond amazing……just had to share :)

    Now to find someone who converts cassette tapes to digital……….any ideas?????

    • Bonnie

      Heather, you just gave me happy tears too! Thank you for sharing.

    • tina

      I totally understand…Happy tears here tooo….God bless you Heather…and yours..xx

    • Christe

      That’s awesome! His timing is truly perfect!
      I have had old cassettes, VHS, and 8 mm videos copied to DVD from a videographer friend of mine. But I’m sure you could check a professional photography place in your local area. Hope that helps and praying you can find someone!

    • Whitney Brown

      This is so precious. Not sure if you want to ship the cassettes, but 20/20 Video in KY does this. Pretty sure. 270-525-2020.

  • To be honest, when I look at the list of the fruits of the Spirit I get slightly overwhelmed. (Anyone else?) I know that I cannot produce these fruits on my own. It is only by abiding in God that I bear these beautiful gifts. Yet I can’t help but think how often I fall short of posturing my own heart to receive these fruits from Him.
    I’ve appreciated these daily devotions on each fruit. They’ve inspired me to focus on the slow growth of each fruit after the study is over. I believe that prayerfully focusing on each fruit over a few weeks or each month – one at a time – will intentionally align my heart with His. And little by little He can plant deep roots and grow these fruits in me to bear to others.
    Hope everyone has a lovely, blessed Sunday!

  • Did anyone else check out The Message version of this verse? It is beautiful! Not that every form of this verse isn't….:)

    • Antimony

      “But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”

      • MNmomma (heather)

        Oh wow! I LOVE that translation! I *NEED* to ge a Message Bible….. officially on my wish list :)

    • Carrie

      This additional version is so refreshing. Thank you for the direction. I appreciate the help it gives me in applying the fruits.

  • The New Living translation starts a little differently: “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives…” I love that it points back to the Spirit and reminds me that I cannot produce this fruit through my own efforts. It isn’t about what I can do but what the Spirit can do through me.

  • melindawatters

    I am so thankful that we have a God who embodies this fruit and freely fills us up so that we reflect Him sharing this fruit. These are the fruit of the SPIRIT, not of my hard labor. I can never embody these without being grafted into Him. I am thankful that when filled with the spirit I can be filled with these fruit regardless of the circumstances and intensity of life.

    This study is so timely for me. In the middle of a big transcontinental transition is an intense place to be but…

    He is showing me, teaching me His perfect love that drives out ALL fear- I am His and He is mine
    He is filling me with His abundant joy even in my exhaustion and frustrations
    He has given and is giving me His peace in the midst of uncertainties and unknowns and unexpecteds
    He is teaching me and growing in me patient, endurance and long suffering in the waiting, the wondering, the long haul, the intensity of it all
    He is filling me with kindness, forgiveness and grace in the midst of turmoil, intense relationship strain, and emotion

    I cannot wait for more this week asHe teaches me goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self- control! Happy Sunday ladies! Today is yard sale day for me and it has been laid on my heart that this is really more about the people I am face to face with today then about me getting rid of my junk. He wants to show His glory some how through me. May I be filled with His spirit, lay down my agenda, and listen. We'll see what great things He does!

    Happy fruit-filled Sunday to you ladies!

  • We've done some experimenting with scripture memory in our family, and the one thing that has always worked for me is songs. I could never seem to learn these in the right order until I learned them in musical form first. If you can't find a song, you can put the words to a familiar melody. Its a great way to carry the words with you throughout the day. Here's the one that taught us the fruit of the Spirit: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dCU0IP5ioa8

    • Missy

      Check out Songs for Saplings by Dana Dirkson. They´re short little songs (about 30 seconds) and put scripture to a tune with the reference in the song. My toddler loves it, and I´ve gleaned lots of scripture from it!

    • sharijune

      Loved the song, thanks for sharing!

    • MNmomma (heather)

      I totally forgot about that song…..thanks for sharing!

    • thekholtz

      Songs have definitely always helped me as well..glad to hear I'm not the only one! I was a volunteer in children's ministry for quite a few years and a goofy children's song is how I continue to remember the fruit of the Spirit as well :)
      This is the silly song that has helped me out- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymNuBZXCK20

  • I’m moving out to an apartment on my own tomorrow. First time living by myself. I have an awesome support system at home (family and friends) but being in this brand new place with people I don’t know or trust yet is intimidating. I’m really hoping that learning more about God’s love for me through these gifts will help the transition be one of self-growth and finding a deeper more meaningful relationship with Him.

    • Amy Martin

      Emily, that is awesome! I moved from Michigan to Georgia in 2004 and I felt the exact same way. Scared and nervous! The first thing I did was find a church and try to get plugged in to make some friends. Pray and ask God to help you be brave and to give you some opportunities to meet some people and find a church. When I moved away from my family and did the above was when I really started to grow in my faith! Good luck!

    • Carolyn J

      One of the best things you can do to make your transition easier is to have a routine. This routine may change over time as you yourself change and grow (I'm not the same person now I was when I first moved out, nor the same person I was a year ago, thank God!). As you figure out who you are and establish your own life, routine will help bring familiarity and comfort. And I can think of no other way to do so than to make it a routine part of your day to get up and dive into God's Word! start the day off with 15-20 minutes of quiet time, reading the devotional, the scripture verses, being prayerful and meditating on God's word. It's a great start to the day that will set your heart on the right path and will make the rest of your day – including starting your new life – click into place. Best wishes!

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Prayers lifted this morning for you Emily! Congratulations on your new journey!

    • Cameron

      Hi Emily, I was just reading your comment and realized that three years ago at this time, I was in the exact same spot as you and I remember that feeling. Lifting up a prayer for you this morning! I am really stopped in my tracks by God's perfect faithfulness and provision for me, when I look back over the past three years since I moved away to a place that was totally unfamiliar. Just wanted to encourage you that you can do it — although it has been challenging, it also has been so good. He is good and He will provide for all your needs in this transition time. Praying you will have peace in trusting in Him as the Blessed Controller of all things (1 Tim 6:15)!

    • Rebecca

      I just moved out on my own for the first time a month ago, and routine has been very comforting as has joining a local church and small group. Also keep a running list of projects to work on and people you can call-it helps!

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