Monday 12 September 2011

Fruit of the Spirit

I've just finished a sermon series in my church on the Fruit of the Spirit. You may well know that, 'the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law' (Galatians 5:22-23).

It never hurts to bribe a congregation with food, nor to give them an aid to memory, so each week I gave them a piece or more of fruit! I won't explain them all, but I wonder what you would have chosen for each characteristic of the fruit of the Spirit. Here are my choices:
  • Love - Strawberries
  • Joy - Mango
  • Peace - Olives
  • Patience - Oranges
  • Kindness - Apples (Granny Smith's because Granny's are kind!)
  • Goodness - Banana
  • Faithfulness - Blackberries
  • Gentleness - Peach
  • Self-Control - Fruit Salad (a final CafeStyle worship, with many temptations requiring self-control!)
So that is the fruit of the Spirit! Now, surely there is a reference in the Bible to chocolate that I can use?


  1. Sounds good - I've used a very simalr idea several times. I used diet lemonade or fizzy water for the liquid... living water of sorts.

    I had

    Love - apple
    Joy - banana (smile)
    Peace - pear
    Patience - orange (need patience to peel it)
    Kindness - kiwi
    Goodness - grapes
    Faithfulness - pineapple (new plant grows from leaves of pineapple)
    Gentleness - melon

    Have also made a fruit smoothie of them - God combines all these elements into a single fruit (the Gk is singular as I'm sure you know)

    Have fun, sounds great.
    Sapf- control - strawberries

  2. Oops, order got mangles there! self-control strawberries should be before the smoothie comment

  3. Well, we agreed on the oranges! I used strawberries for Love because they were in season when I preached that sermon, and cut in half they look like a heart! But I also need self-control not to keep eating them...