Seek the fruit of the Holy Spirit rather than the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Posted: February 23, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity

 

The host of the show and his wife were doing everything they could to pigeon-hole Pope Shenouda into their myopic and misguided charismatic worldview. “Surely, if you believe in MY Jesus, then you believe in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit…” the host said in his inimitable way.

Pope Shenouda’s response I will never, ever forget. Patiently, quietly, calmly, without distraction and without appearing incensed in any way, he said the following, in his rich, deep, and thick Egyptian accent:

“It is written in Galatians (he said, “wrrrriten”—with a trilled ‘r’ and “Ga-lah-tea-ens”!) 5 the fruit of the Spirit: ‘Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self control.’ It is better,” he continued, “to seek the fruit of the Holy Spirit rather than the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Because the gifts of the Holy Spirit, they can lead to pride and selfishness. But the fruit of the Spirit will lead to holiness.”

*Pope Shenouda III, the head of the Coptic (Egyptian) Orthodox Church

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