I love languages! They can be so rich. Many times our English cannot begin to describe what the words mean in their Greek or Hebrew form. Today I have broken down the Greek to expound on the fruit of the spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 talks about the Fruit of the Spirit which are,
“love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (NKJV)
The first listed fruit of the Holy Spirit is love. In the Greek, the word agape is used. This kind of love is a selfless love and that is genuine and that has no other motive behind it.
Next is joy, in which the Greek word is chara. This means a gladness that is not based on circumstances, but solely in God.
Peace follows joy in this passage and the Greek is eirene, which is a contentment in knowing that God orders your steps and guides your life and you have a right relationship with Him.
Makrothymia is the Greek for long-suffering which is a steadfastness and perseverance and the ability to wait regardless of circumstances or feelings about a situation knowing that ultimately God is in control.
Kindness translated back to the original language is chrēstotēs – which means integrity and also having a genuine concern for other people.
Goodness is agathosyne, which is an uprightness of heart and also what motivates someone to do what is good for other people.
Faithfulness (pistis) is a conviction and devotion.
Gentleness (praotes) is from the Greek praos which means meek. Gentleness is humility applied to strength.
Finally, the last trait listed is self-control (egkrateia). Self-control is a bridling of ones passions, and desires and in a sense.
After getting a bit more insight on these fruits, which do you see that you cultivate the most? In which do you need to grow?
(NOTE: All Greek words are taken from Strong’s numbers in my Strongs Hebrew/Greek Key Word Study Bible)