If these nine characteristics are the fruit of the Spirit, the result of his presence and a natural outpouring of his character, that means you can’t pick and choose which ones you want.
Since the beginning of time, God has been after our hearts. Through generations of disobedience and avoidance and apathy, he’s still continued to passionately pursue us. Though we’ve wavered over and over and over again, he hasn’t given up on us.
People may puzzle me, but God has us all figured out.