Jesus’ life demonstrated what writers would later call the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (See Galatians 5:22-23.) As we continue to open ourselves to God’s grace, those gifts will flourish within us. That occurs when we place Christ the cornerstone at the center of our discipleship. Practicing the way of discipleship and demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit give way to action in, around, and throughout the world.
—George H. Donigian, In Days to Come: From Advent to Epiphany (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
—Galatians 5:22-23 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
—”A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” Upper Room Worshipbook
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