Galatians 5:22,23 (NIV)...“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law.”
The Spirit’s Fruit, God’s grace in us, does daily guide our way,
And girds us round with armor strong, the righteous path to stay.
Aroma sweet of Godly life, for those of faith to share
With young and old, and rich and poor, in times of foul and fair.
And there are nine such Spirit Fruit, and perfect is their blend
Within the bowl of Christian hearts, the blessings found within.
Of care and comfort, strength and faith, to serve the hurt and lost,
Responding to the call of Christ, and counting not the cost.
The first is Love, agape love, Christ’s heart and hands and feet,
To share the news of saving grace with all that we might meet.
To speak the truth of who we were, when Christ redeemed our souls
From sin confessed and will for self, to fit us for his goals.
Next is Joy that comes to those, secure in all they do,
That they are children of the Lord, whose promises are true.
Assured in life, what e’er may come, his Spirit dwells within,
To guide and comfort, teach and lead, on paths that conquer sin.
And Peace is next, the peace of God, of knowing that he’s there,
Through daily trials, temptation’s sting, all things with us to bear.
And all because Christ died for us and rose triumphant Lord,
To whom the angels sing their praise, their gloried anthem chord.
Come Patience now, though not so quick, its nature bids us wait,
But once mature, empowers us to boldly live our fate.
With eyes upon the upward call, when full the race is run,
And Christ, himself, in paradise, declares to us—well done!
Warm Kindness next, tending wounds, the needs of those we meet.
Samaritan in word and deed, a friend who washes feet,
Who knows no rank, nor selfish pride, nor turns the eye or ear,
But sees the peril in the soul, the devil lurking near.
Then Goodness next, living life in witness to the Light,
God’s Son, our Savior, Christ the Lord, the Way, the Truth, and Life.
To speak of him and be like him and draw to him the lost,
Who, as we did, in darkness live by sin and Satan tossed.
Now Faithfulness, to stay the course. The fruit that makes us strong.
To stand against the devil’s schemes, his lies and seeds of wrong.
And armed are we with God’s own Word; the Bible is our sword,
Its truth and wisdom, ageless strength, to serve our risen Lord.
Next Gentleness, sweet fragrant fruit that seasons all the rest
With comfort’s touch and words of grace and strength to face the test.
Of living life through tempest storms when seas and winds assail,
To grasp the hand of Christ himself, whose mercies never fail.
Last, Self Control, the final fruit. Restraint the Spirit’s goal.
That quick to listen, slow to speak, unblemished keeps the whole,
And fits us well to do our part where evil plays its game,
By curbing tongue, controlling flesh, invoking Jesus’ name.
How marvelous this bowl of fruit, the Spirit’s work in us,
As workers in a broken world, God’s face of righteousness.
Though fail we may, from day to day, we’re children saved by grace,
Secure in Christ’s own precious blood, renewed to run the race.
So think upon The Spirit’s Fruit, refreshed for each new day,
And to the world, to all you meet, be salt along the way.
And light that others they may see the grace that dwells within,
God’s gift to you, his only Son, who conquered death and sin.