But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23
When we look at this beautiful series of attributes, we can only marvel and rejoice at the ways in which God’s Spirit works in our thoughts and hearts.
Goodness: Rightness, or righteousness. Our hearts and minds are filled with the virtue and mercies of God.
Faithfulness: Being full of faith, trusting fully. Yet even our faith is a result of the working of the Spirit, and He helps it to grow.
Gentleness: We have power and strength, but we deal with others and the situations around us with humility and compassion.
Self-control: Our desires and passions are not focussed on ourselves, but on loving and pleasing God. It might be called “self”-control, but it is only through the working of the Holy Spirit that our hearts and minds give up control and turn it over to God.
All of these originate with the Holy Spirit, and the starting point is love. God wonderfully loves us, our relationship with Him and our joy, peace and all the rest flow from that love.