Anna McNay

Review of Fruits of the Spirit: Art from the Heart at the National Gallery online


Fruits of the Spirit: Art from the Heart

The National Gallery, London
5 December 2022 – 30 April 2023


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. [Galatians 5:22-23]

Two millennia ago, Paul wrote, in his letter to the Galatians, of these nine virtues by which a Christian would live, were he living with the Holy Spirit in his life. Paul used the singular “fruit” to describe these qualities since, for him, no single one could stand alone, each one enriching and furthering the others. In our current state, with war raging in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and many other countries worldwide; the Covid-19 pandemic still taking countless lives; poverty affecting more than one in five people here in the UK alone; and climate change engendering catastrophe across the globe, these nine attributes are no less relevant or desirable, and this holds not just for Christians, but for people of all creeds and convictions who wish to “live well”.

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