The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians5:22,23; Ephesians5:9; James 3:17,18) are those gracious characteristics and habits that are evident in our lives. This fruit if blended and displayed in marriage cannot help but ‘juice up’ the relationship. My wife and I did a personal inventory based on Galatians 5:22, 23 recently. It helped us to see how we are doing in practicing courteous attributes in our marriage. I invite you to do the same. How are you doing with the fruit of Spirit in your marriage?
Rate yourself 1 –10 (1 being very poor and 10 being excellent.)Rating 1 –10
1.Love -How accurately considering and deliberately contributing to the needs of my partner?
2.Joy -How am I showing happiness, delight and enjoyment?
3.Peace-How at ease am I? To what extent am I calm?
4.Patience-How much persistence, forbearance and fortitude do I have?
5.Kindness -Compassion and thoughtfulness is present to what extent?
6.Goodness -How am I displaying decency, honesty and integrity?
7.Faithfulness -How loyal am I? To what extent am I reliable?
8.Gentleness -Tenderness and mildness is present to what extent?
9.Self-control -How am I at showing discipline and restraint?
Questions to Ponder: Which of the fruit of the spirit are good and can continue to be used to make marriage good? Which of the fruit is not quite ripe yet and needs some maturity?
Scripture: Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law