Have you ever heard someone say, “My spiritual gift is patience”? Or perhaps, “My spiritual gift is joy”; or possibly, “My spiritual gift is kindness.” As fine as these attributes are, they are not typically considered spiritual gifts, at least not in the writings of Paul we will address in this book. They are, however, listed in Galatians 5:22-23—along with love, peace, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—as being part of “the fruit of the Spirit.” These qualities are often confused with spiritual gifts. It is not uncommon for some persons, when asked what their gifts are, to respond with some aspect of the fruit of the Spirit.
—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
—Galatians 5:22-23 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help me to discover and use the gifts you have given me to serve you. Guide me to find ways to use my gifts for the common good of others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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