When I was young girl, my mom bought a record that was called Music Machine.. The album was story about a young brother and sister who discover an unusual machine, “like no the gadget that you’ve ever seen.”
The theme of the album was the Fruit of the Spirit as described in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” It has been over 35 years since I listened to the album and I can still sing the songs about love, patience, etc.
As an adult, I came to see the verses as more than a catchy song. I realized when Paul wrote the letter to the churches of Galatia, he was describing the evolution of maturity in a Christian. When we first accept the love of Christ as presented on the cross for us, we cannot help but develop Love; Love for our fellow man, love for God and His Son. As we mature further, the Love grows into Joy. Joy for all the ways God loves us, blesses us, and grows us.
From Joy comes a Peace, something that goes deeper than a “cup-of-tea-and-a-good-book” kind of peace. This is the Peace described in Philippians 4:7 “which transcends all understanding.”
Patience is next, out of patience one can develop Kindness and so on. You see, Self-control cannot be developed unless you have matured through the other Fruit. Now, that doesn’t mean they cannot develop simultaneously. It just means that the natural maturity of a Believer comes as he or she grows in each part of the Fruit.
A final thought. Note that Paul didn’t call them Fruits. He called them Fruit because they are all a part of one thing. Our walk. If we are truly one with the Holy Spirit, there will be proof. This Fruit is part of the proof.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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