“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)
According to the Apostle Paul, if the Holy Spirit of God lives in us, when we look in we will find unique qualities of love, joy, and peace coming out of our life. When we look up we will discover a faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that will equip us to walk with God as we should. Then when we look around we will find unique qualities of patience, kindness and goodness equipping us to have the kind of relationships our God wants us to have with people.
In our relationship with God patience could be described as “faith waiting.” In our relationships with people – especially our children or spiritual children – patience could be described as “love waiting.” The patience that is the fruit and evidence God’s Spirit living in us is a supernatural quality and does not come from our genetic heritage. We do not have this patience because we inherited a ‘laid back, easy does it’ disposition from one or both of our parents. It must be emphasized that this patience is a supernatural expression of the Spirit of God living in us.
The same can be said for a quality of kindness and goodness we discover when we relate to people with whom we are in relationships. Kindness means that we treat people with whom we interact as if they were our kin. Goodness means that we do good things and react in good ways in our relationships.
If the Holy Spirit of God lives in you, are you willing to find in these three supernatural qualities of the Holy Spirit a prescription that will govern your life when you look around?
Dick Woodward, 23 November 2010