Fruit of the Spirit: cherish, nurture and accentuate the fruit…

…against such things there is no law. With these words, St. Paul named for our world the fruit of the Spirit, or as Abraham Lincoln might have called them, “better angels of our nature.” The world sorely needs these fruits. Invoke them, cherish them, bless them, nurture them, encourage them, and showcase them. There is no law against such things…

  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • faithfulness
  • gentleness
  • self-control

Fruit of the Spirit: love

Love Kanji in Enso Circle

  • Love your enemies. Jesus
  • Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul. Saint Teresa of Avila
  • Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey. Lord Byron
  • Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde
  • Where love is, there God is. Leo Tolstoy
  • Love in its essence is spiritual fire. Seneca the Younger
  • Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu
  • Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare
  • Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi
  • Love is the only gold. Lord Tennyson
  • Where there is love, there is no darkness. Burundi proverb
  • Love your neighbor as yourself. Torah and Gospels
  • Let your love be like the misty rain, coming softly but flooding the river. Liberian proberb
  • Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Khalil Gibran
  • Love conquers all. Virgil
  • A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens
  • Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. Thomas Aquinas

Fruit of the Spirit: joy

Joy Kanji in Kamon

  • When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Tecumseh
  • We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. Buddha
  • The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy. Henry Ward Beecher
  • Off with you! You’re a happy fellow, for you’ll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that! Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. Mark Twain
  • Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Rumi
  • Friendship doubles joy and halves grief. Egyptian Proverb

Fruit of the Spirit: peace

Peace Kanji in Half Enso Circle

  • Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love: where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. Saint Francis of Assisi
  • Peace is the well from which the stream of joy runs. Gaelic proverb
  • There can be no peace without understanding. Senegalese proverb
  • Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. Saint Francis de Sales
  • Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. Baruch Spinoza
  • We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds. Anton Chekhov
  • On all the peaks lies peace. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. Aesop
  • Nobody can bring you peace but yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. Thomas a Kempis
  • One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others. Lao Tzu

Fruit of the Spirit: patience

Patience Kanji in Enso Circle

  • The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Leo Tolstoy
  • Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman
  • I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Lao Tzu
  • Patience is the companion of wisdom. Saint Augustine
  • A handful of patience is worth a bushel of brains. Dutch proverb
  • Patience is the best remedy for every trouble. Plautus
  • Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. Bantu proverb
  • Mother Nature, time and patience are the three best doctors. Bulgarian proverb
  • Patience can break through iron doors. Yugoslavian proverb
  • There is no queue at the gate of Patience. Moroccan proverb
  • A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Moliere
  • Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. Saadi
  • Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo
  • How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees? William Shakespeare
  • Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself. Saint Francis de Sales
  • Patience is the companion of wisdom. Saint Augustine
  • Hope is patience with the lamp lit. Tertullian
  • Patience is the best remedy for every trouble. Plautus

Fruit of the Spirit: kindness

Kindness Kanji in Kamon Family Crest

  • A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. Saint Basil
  • By a sweet tongue and kindness, you can drag an elephant with a hair. Persian proverb
  • Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop
  • Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu
  • You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • That best portion of a man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. William Wordsworth

Fruit of the Spirit: goodness

Goodness Kanji in Half Enso Circle

  • Goodness is the only investment that never fails. Henry David Thoreau
  • Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man. Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality
  • It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous. Benjamin Franklin
  • Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Lao Tzu
  • Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth. Gautama Buddha
  • Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us. Louisa May Alcott
  • The goodness of the father reaches higher than a mountain; that of the mother goes deeper than the ocean. Japanese proverb
  • No man or woman can be strong, gentle, pure, and good, without the world being better for it and without someone being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness. Phillips Brooks
  • In goodness there are all kinds of wisdom. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Without Goodness one cannot enjoy enduring happiness. Confucius

Fruit of the Spirit: faithfulness

Faithfulness Kanji in Enso Circle

  • Now faith is the substantiating of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
  • Through devotion, your family cares become more peaceful, mutual love between husband and wife becomes more sincere, the service we owe to the prince more faithful, and our work, no matter what it is, becomes more pleasant and agreeable. Saint Francis de Sales
  • Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things. Confucius

Fruit of the Spirit: gentleness

Gentleness Kanji in Kamon Family Crest

  • Oh! that gentleness! how far more potent is it than force! Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  • The way to overcome the angry person is with gentleness, the evil person with goodness, the miser with generosity and the liar with truth. Indian proverb
  • Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty. Phaedrus
  • Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. Saint Francis de Sales
  • When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. Saint Francis de Sales

Fruit of the Spirit: self control

Self Control Kanji in Half Enso Circle

  • A little kingdom I possess, where thoughts and feelings dwell; And very hard the task I find of governing it well. Louisa May Alcott
  • I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself. Jane Austen
  • Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society. Benjamin Franklin
  • He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. Tao Te Ching
  • Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control–these three alone lead life to sovereign power. Alfred Tennyson
  • What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. Aristotle
  • Prudent, cautious self-control, is wisdom’s root. Robert Burns
  • No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself. William Penn
  • There never has been, and cannot be, a good life without self-control. Leo Tolstoy
  • The man who masters his own soul will forever be called conqueror of conquerors. Plautus
  • Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

The above nine “fruit of the Spirit” words are taken from Galatians 5:22 and 23. Against such things there is no law…