A Collection of Plants Inspired by the Fruit of the Spirit — Love, Joy, Peace
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
The Fruit of the Spirit are found in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the early church in Galatia. These nine virtues describe what the manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s work looks like in a Christian’s life.
This article is the first in a three-part series exploring the Fruit, as well as corresponding plants that serve as unique, beautiful, everyday reminders of God's truth spoken to us in this verse.
Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:7
In this instance, the word ‘love’ comes from the Greek word agape, a form of sacrificial love. God’s ultimate act of sacrifice was sending his son Jesus to die on the cross for us, so that we can form a meaningful personal relationship with him. Just as how God sacrifically loves us, He wants us to sacrificially show His love to others around us.
The Caladium plant is also known as the Heart of Jesus because of its distinctive heart-shaped leaves. It is such an apt reminder of one of the Bible’s simplest truths — that Jesus loves and died for us!
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.
In the Bible, joy is so much more than just a temporary sense of gladness or satisfaction. It comes with knowing that we can rejoice in God and have lasting hope in Him no matter life’s circumstances.
The Golden Penda plant blooms radiant yellow flowers every summer and autumn. However, unlike its flowers that do not last forever, we can have everlasting joy in Jesus Christ who loved and died for us.
Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
In a turbulent world full of strife and sin, it's easy for us to get caught up in worry about just about everything. The Bible reminds us that God has triumphed over sin and death, and has complete control over our lives. We need only bring our worries to Him in prayer, and He will grant us eternal peace in Him. How reassuring is that!
The peace lily is a common houseplant that bears pretty white lily-like flowers. If its flowers are not symbolism enough of God’s perfect peace and purity, its name itself is a reminder of God’s shalom peace which passes all understanding.
Read the article on the next three fruit — Patience, Kindness and Goodness — here.
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