Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. ~Unknown
Some consider fruits of the spirit to be taken in only a religious context. Whether you are religious or not, you have been bestowed with these same gifts. It is up to you to use them.
Fruits of the spirit are not seasonal.
They are ours for the picking all year long.
We are each gifted with the ability to love. Most of us illustrate unselfish concern for others on a daily basis.
Peace resides within each of us. We must learn to quiet ourselves to feel it. Once you find serenity of the soul you never want to let it go.
Joy lives in our hearts. It is a deep faith of knowing there is good in this life and delighting in it. When we put our hearts into life and live each moment fully, joy finds us.
I think forbearance is often misunderstood. I used to think it meant I was supposed to suffer. Now I feel I need only practice patience and exercise the ability to endure in the face of adversity.
Kindness is one of the first things we are taught as children. We all enjoy being around pleasant people. Naturally we are all inherently good. When we exercise compassion and respect we are showing kindness.
Goodness is an air of integrity. We live a life of love and generosity in action.
Faithfulness stems from dedication, a commitment to trust. We are secure in our beliefs and consistent in our behavior. We are responsible for our actions.
Gentleness is a beautiful virtue of the soul. It doesn’t take extreme effort to be tender, considerate, and fair. It only takes being less selfish and more thoughtful.
Self-control is probably the most difficult attribute to achieve. When we apply discipline to our thoughts we are able to restrain our actions. This creates a calm temperament, thus a tranquil environment.
These fruits of the spirit are pleasing virtues. Practicing them daily will lead to a harmonious life. You will feel a satisfaction that transcends material acquisition.