The Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Leadership

Probably the most memorable verses in Galatians are those list the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23). Fruit grows from planted seeds. Every Leader should embrace this marvelous list of inward qualities. Evaluate yourself against them.

1. Love

Is my leadership motivated by love for people? (1 Corinthians 16:14)

2. Joy

Do I exhibit an unshakable joy, regardless of life’s circumstances? (2 Corinthians 6:10)

3. Peace

Do people see my peace and take courage? (Acts 27:33-36)

4. Long Suffering

Do I wait patiently for results as I develop people or goals? (Acts 15:36-41)

5. Kindness

Am I caring and understanding toward everyone I meet? (1 Corinthians 4:14)

6. Goodness

Do I want the best for others and the organization? (Acts 27:9-11)

7. Faithfulness

Do I keep my commitments? (2 Timothy 4:7)

8. Gentleness

Is my strength under control? Can I be both tough and tender? (1 Thessalonians 2:7-8)

9. Self control

Am I disciplined to make progress toward my goals? (Philippians 3:13)

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