How to Memorize the Fruit of the Spirit

If you are a Christian, you might be familiar with Galatians 5:22-23, also known as the Fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

The Fruit of the Spirit

I recently learned how to memorize this text. It works in the Bible version you see above, which is the New Living Translation. It’s very close to the New King James Version, actually.

First, let me tell you where I found this, so that I give the source proper due: in my daily devotional, called “Help! I’m a Parent!” On page 275, which corresponds to the day of September 19 (I like to read ahead), Verna Reinbold shares that she noticed the fruit of the Spirit could be split into three categories by syllables.

Now, here’s the trick. The first three words have one syllable each. The next three have two syllables each. The last three words contain – you guessed it – three syllables. How cool is that? It made it so much easier to remember the verse. Also, it made it so much easier to mutter it through the day when small irritations threaten to become big irritations unless I get a hold of “love, joy, peace, patience etc.” all over again.

So there you have it. I hope you put this one to memory if you have not already. Your homeschool experience will be smoother as you recite it when you feel your temperature rise. I know I have wanted to memorize this verse a long time ago and I just could not do it. Now I have no excuse.


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