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the fruit of the spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is our truest and greatest treasure, providing far greater sustenance to our lives than any amount of monetary and material possessions!  

A high vitality diet lays the foundation for maintaining a healthy body and mind as we age. However, embodiment of the fruit of the Spirit may be the ultimate form of prevention, especially from the negative consequences of stress, anxiety, anger, and other unresolved negative emotions on our health, and quality of life.

So what is the fruit of the Spirit

"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." ~ Galatians 5:22-23

We are being raised to chase after what I call the bright shiny things of life, yet we often don't know what we really want ~ we just think we do ~ neither do we always comprehend what we really need!

Aside from meeting our physical needs for food, clothing and shelter, humans have spiritual needs.  Left unmet, we are challenged to thrive and live a high vitality, fruitful life.

The fruit of the Spirit ~ love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control ~ feeds us at a deep, soul level.  It's also attributes we as Christians strive to cultivate ~ to emulate our beloved Savior, and live fruitfully by shifting our focus inwards, rather than on the external, temporal pleasures of the flesh.

Let's look at the etymology of the word gentle:  From early 13c Old French gentil/jentil, "high-born, worthy, noble, of good family; courageous, valiant; fine, good, fair."  Other definitions include courteous, polite, not harsh, graceful and beautiful. 

I think many would agree that it's these attributes ~ referred to in Galatians 5:22-23 as the fruit of the Spirit ~ that seems to be in short supply right now!

While the fruit of the spirit is synonymous with having peace, joy, and love, contrarily, anxiety and anger can increase your risk of a heart attack!

This study published in the European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care in 2015 followed 313 participants with acute coronary occlusion.  Frequency of angry outbursts within 48 hours of a myocardial infarction (MI) were noted and rated on a scale of 1-7, with 7 being the most intense. Seven participants, or 2.2% reported episodes of intense anger (≥5), found to be associated with an 8.5% increased risk for acute coronary occlusion; increased anxiety showed an 9.5% increased risk.

Stress, anger, and depression have all been shown to have a significant impact on heart health, which you can read more about, here.

Still wonder why I am emphasizing the fruit of the Spirit?

Maybe a better question should be why more people, especially in the medical and health fields are not?

The fruit of the Spirit may be the best shielding to a life of ongoing pain and hardship. Having an ability to remain present, and not let negative thoughts and emotions anchor in the mind can help you cope with inevitable challenges.

It's not so much about what happens to us, as it is about how we deal with what life presents.

The fruit of the Spirit ought to be what all aim to embody. It's very clear that having peace leads to greater flow and ease within the body than being anxious or stressed out. This ease ripples out from our very core into the world around us.

Imagine if we oriented our entire life around modeling the peace, joy, and love, patience, and kindness ~  the fruit of the Spirit ~ and we raised our children to do the same? What would our lives look like?

Compare that to continually getting triggered into anger, rage, and other negative emotions on a daily basis!

In the Old Testament, God told Abraham to "Be fruitful and multiply." Meaning be useful, effective, gainful, plenteous, prolific and fertile to grow and blossom humanity ~ all synonyms of fruitful.  

That's our goal on the Live-Fruitfully site, to live a high vitality, fruitful life by taking care of our physical, mental, and emotional well-being, while being in service to God, for which we can embody the fruit of the Spirit.

"Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." ~ Matthew 6:33 ESV

Despite ourselves, we all fall short.  We strive to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit  while living messy, challenging lives.  We are not expected to be perfect.  Getting support may be necessary.  This could be in the form of prayer, finding fellowship, or getting coaching or counseling for help dealing with troubling emotions and negative mindsets.  

Sometimes getting the right nutrients can improve our mental states, energy levels, and moods.  Herbs, vitamins and minerals and our meats and sweets diet can help provide protection from the damaging and sometimes debilitating effects of anxiety & stress. 

Many systems are depleted when under stress. See my entire list of recommended vitamins & minerals (especially Magnesium & B-Complex) and potent proven formulas for support from anxiety & stress, click here, or here:

No amount of bright shiny things can help us embody the fruit of the spirit.

Neither will we find the answers to what plagues our individual and collective areas of mental, emotional, and/or physical pain and dis-ease in the schools, hospitals, magazines, social media, television, movies, sports games, through the government or science, or in the casinos, bars, or any of the things of this world. 

Just look at the fruit of those trees for proof.

Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them." ~ Matthew 7:20

The most potent, effective, powerful, and practically magical way I've found to experience lasting peace ~ the real antidote to what ails us ~ is through repentance and forgiveness

The only real way to overcome habitual worry, anxiety, and other negative emotional states that rob our life force, and prevent us from embodying the fruit of the spirit is to know thyself. This requires a daily practice of Silent Meditation or Silent Prayer.

Here is my entire forgiveness series.  You may also be interested in my personal awakening story.

Contact me to determine if you could benefit from Christian, faith-based Health Coaching. 

"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light." ~ Matthew 6:22

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Vitamins, minerals & herbs can protect us against the damaging effects of stress, and provide insurance against nutrient-depleted soils and environmental toxins. While much more affordable than pharmaceuticals, they can get expensive, and some are better than others. Here are my top recommendations, most people may need. 

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