“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.” – Galatians 5:22-23


Every story starts with a main character. It’s the answer to the question, “Who is this story about?” The main character drives a narrative as they encounter different twists and turns of the plot. But, what makes a good character?


Think about some of your favorite stories. What did you like about the main characters? What didn’t you like? 


The ability to identify with a character helps to engage with the story on a deeper level. The more we know about who they are, the more we will want them to succeed. And, the best way to learn about a character is through their thoughts and actions. Their choices will reveal if they are brave or kind or trustworthy. The same is true in our own lives. Our thoughts and actions define who we are. Our character is revealed through how we live out our story. 


Our Bible verse today lists the characteristics that God values. These 9 qualities are the fruit of God’s own Spirit. If God’s Spirit is with us, our actions will line up with His character. Jesus himself made a warning that His followers would be known by their fruit. What fruit will you produce this week? There will most certainly be a point where you will have the option to choose patience over impatience, peace in a stressful situation, or generosity in the face of your own desires. How will you respond?  


Which fruit of the Spirit comes easiest for you? Which one is most difficult?


Day 1 of 7 from the 2023 Mission Discovery Devotional