9 Movie Characters That Demonstrate the Fruit of The Spirit
By Tess Farrand, Staff Writer
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
– Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
There’s nothing like good character, and good characters would be nothing without their character traits! Let’s take a moment to appreciate some movie characters that demonstrate some of the fruits of the spirit as described in Galatians 5.
Love: THE GAME PLAN shows NFL football player, Joe Kingman, played by Dwayne Johnson as he learns he has a young daughter. Audiences see his attitude grow from selfishness to love as he develops a bond with her. At the end of the movie, his love for his child is what truly motivates him to be a better person. Review.
Joy: SING is about a Koala bear named Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) as he tries to put together a singing talent show to save a theater from going out of business. Of course, there are ups and downs, but Buster learns to draw encouragement from the amazing voices of participants and exude joy all along the way! Review
Peace: In A WALK TO REMEMBER, Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) meets Landon on a school bus. After performing in a school musical and studying together, the two develop a sweet romance that leads to marriage. Sadly, Jamie is terminally ill with leukemia, but makes a profound comment, “I have no reason to be angry with God.” Her resolve to be at peace with God’s greater purpose shows she has a deep understanding of His sovereignty and it inspires those around her. Review
Patience: GRAVITY shows an astronaut, Ryan, who tries to get back to Earth after many disasters with her spacecraft. There’s nothing like peril to teach patience… and you better believe these she learn how to deal with technical malfunctions far away from earth. Review
Kindness: SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS shows the orphan princess Snow White, as she interacts with the Evil Queen, seven dwarfs and many forest animals with a kind spirit. In fact, her kindness fuels the Evil Queen’s jealousy of her as she longs to become, “fairest of them all.” Thankfully Snow-White lives to tell the tale. Review
Goodness: The musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC follows Maria, a young governess of the Von Trap family. Maria cares for seven children of the stern Captain Von Trap. But despite the new environment, she perseveres as a sweet mother figure to the children, exhibiting goodness and joy. Review
Faithfulness: Miss Clara in WAR ROOM leads Elizabeth to realize the value of finding a quiet place and praying to God. Miss Clara uses biblical wisdom to direct Elizabeth to pray for her struggling marriage, using scripture and support her local community. Review
Gentleness: The true story of THE BLIND SIDE follows Michael Oher, a homeless teenager whom the Touhy family takes in as one of their own. Michael’s life was filled with poverty and poor influences until he entered the Touhy family. Now, in the safety of a loving home, Michael has to adjust to a new culture and starts playing football. Michael’s gentle and protective character turns out to be his strength on the football field when everyone else believed it to be his weakness. Review
Self-control: PADDINGTON 2, is the sequel to the sweet family movie PADDINGTON. This time, Paddington gets wrongly accused of theft and must practice self-control as he hopes that his adoptive family will clear his name. As he makes friends in prison, Paddington learns to exhibit self-control by assimilating to a new lifestyle while making lifelong friends, all the while his family works to clear his good name. Review
In what ways do you try to demonstrate the fruit of the spirit? Comment below.