The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control
We become trustworthy, faithful, gentle and self-controlled when we are building a right, growing relationship with God. True intimacy with God is not found in our feelings, works, or even by having the right theology. Rather, true intimacy is our deep affection and knowledge of Christ, practiced by our trust. The fruits of the spirit are a sign of that intimacy.
The Fruits of the Spirit: Love and Joy
God's love must be our model for our personal life, our church life and our relationships. It must flow into us from Christ and flow out from us to those around us. Joy recognizes that Christ will lift us up, it sees the hope to come and takes delight even in harsh times. God’s joy (and the joyous knowledge of His love) must carry us through all of our experiences.
The Fruit of the Spirit: Peace and Patience
Peace and patience are both the by-products of our relationship with God. We receive joy and love from God, which produces peace and patience. Patience flows from Christ into us, and shows tolerance and fortitude toward others, even accepting difficult situations. Patience gives us power to allow for the faults of others without being judgmental or making demands.