But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
by: Trisha Gerstel.
Many people can be heard saying (in one way or another), “I would like to be a good person.” Maybe they are speaking to a hospice volunteer and say, “I envy your gentleness.” Or perhaps they come across a Pre-K teacher and chuckle, “You have a lot more patience than I do!” I myself have spoken these sorts of words on several occasions. The truth is, of course, that true goodness can come only from God, and His Spirit is ready to grow His good fruit in our hearts only when we give our lives over to Him fully.