"The fruit of the Spirit"

In his illuminating letter of counsel and admonition to the Galatians, after vividly detailing the undesirable, deceptive, and destructive works of the flesh, St. Paul reassuringly turns thought to the lovely and altogether desirable "fruit of the Spirit," which he classifies thus: "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance," concluding with the positive statement that "against such there is no law."

Of profound importance are the first three qualities mentioned—"love, joy, peace"—for the reason that they bring our thought into direct relationship with God, Spirit, the one and only source of all love, all joy, and all peace. We are thus prepared to meet our brother men with the gracious qualities that follow—"longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance"—for as we begin with God and man's relation to Him we find our right relationship to mankind.

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