Love: This fruit encompasses them all. When we love because God first loved us (see 1 John 4:19), it shows that we understand grace and have accepted God’s love for us.
Joy: When we know our names are written in the Book of Life, because of His grace, we will be joyful in the way we act and conduct ourselves around other inmates.
Peace: When we have “made peace with God,” we will cease to be anxious. Our fruit will be a calm, untroubled spirit.
Patience: “Passive” love shows itself in a spirit of tolerance and endurance around any type of personality we meet.
Kindness: “Active” love is the most convincing evidence of God’s love for us. When we are kind, people will be attracted to the Word and to us.
Goodness: Generous and good people do the right thing, even when it hurts or pricks our pride.
Faithfulness: Integrity—doing what we say we are going to do—means we walk the talk.
Gentleness: This fruit makes the weak strong and the strong gentle.
Self-control: When we show this fruit to others, they will respect us and be convinced that we have changed.
When we bear this kind of fruit, we will live the abundant, fruitful life and lead others to it, as well!