fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . . . —Galatians
is something we all should be thinking about, because we
need to plan ahead. Not only do we need to think about what
we will do in this life, but also what we will do for all
extensive survey conducted in the United States by a leading
polling agency distributed questionnaires to people of
various ages and occupations, asking, "What are you looking
for most in life?" When the results were compiled, the
analysts were surprised. Most expected those who were polled
to say they wanted to achieve certain materialistic goals.
But the top three things that people wanted in life were
love, joy, and peace—in that order.
5:22 tells us the fruits of the Spirit include love, joy,
and peace. Thus, the very things people are looking for
today can be found in a relationship with God. Yet some have
given up on these things. They say, "Love, joy, and peace?
That's a pipe dream of flower children. Give me a break. You
are not going to find love, joy, and peace in this world . .
. not in the real world I live in."
It is true,
one will not find love, joy, and peace in this world, but
there is ONE who came into this world, so that whosoever
will believe in Him, can know the love He gives, the joy He
gives, and the peace He gives. In a relationship with God
through Jesus Christ, we are promised not only life beyond
the grave, but a life that is full and rich and worth living
on this earth. Jesus said, "I have come that they may have
life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John
10:10). Jesus gives us life with purpose and, of course,
life with the hope of Heaven, but until Heaven, in Christ,
followers of Christ can know and bear the fruit of love,
joy, and peace.