The First Steps to an Enduring Marriage :Fruit of the Spirit

“But the Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control…” Galatians 5:22-23

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 provides a perfect definition for Love:

“Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way.  It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.”

Galatians 5:22-23” comes in. The characteristics of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are gifts to each one of us. Gifts that are ours for the taking if we are willing to work for them. They offer a perfect roadmap of how to maintain harmony in the midst of chaos. They help us to navigate even the most difficult circumstances. They will lift us up in the best of times and sustain us in the worst. They make what is good in our lives even better, and they lessen the pain of our adversities.

 Every couple interested in attaining a deeper relationship with one another should take this challenge and meditate  on these two scriputes, Galatians 5:22-23, and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7,  Decide as a couple to “digest these fruits,” to embrace these ideals and ask God to shine his light of wisdom and insight upon you both as you delve deeper into the meanings behind these enduring truths.


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