The Fruit of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit

Here is an interesting point that I think most Christians in the West need to hear about Galatians 5, especially when interacting with Non-Believers and especially Liberal/Progressives:
 
“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
 
1. Love: it doesn’t always look like love. It can look to the person on the receiving end as cold, or even as anger. Jesus’ love caused him to overturn tables in the Temple.
2. Joy: People may see your joy as arrogance or pride.
3. Peace: Your attempts at making peace do not look as “peaceful” when someone on the Left is bound up tight, ready for war in their hearts.
4. Patience: Practicing patience can look like a refusal to take action. A refusal to make progress. Like you are being obstinant.
5. Kindness: Your practicing kindness may look to them as an false attempt at getting past their defenses.
6. Goodness: Your practicing goodness may appear to them as Evil itself as you honor things that God honors, which happen to be the very things that they hate, or teach against. The Abortion issue is a good example, although there are others.
7. Faithfulness: Your faithfulness to God is seen as rigid and un-moving (not to mention lacking in acceptance and compassion), on issues that others believe are fluid, like “transgenderism” and “homosexuality”
8. Gentleness: Your gentleness is seen as weakness.
9. Self-control: You may look the fool to them, while they are turning over cars and stirring up the media against your views.
 
When people have in their heart to call “Good” what God calls, “Evil,” these “Fruit of the Spirit” to your adversaries who don’t know God, they appear as their opposites.