“But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV)
“And being in anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22:44 NIV)
An antonym of anguish is joy. So how can one possess both the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ ,of which joy is part of, and ‘anguish’? Let’s look at Jesus Himself. We know that He possessed the Fruit of the Spirit because He literally was God in the flesh. Then we look at Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and we see the anguish he demonstrated in his prayers where he literally sweated blood.
We must make the distinction between when we are out-and-about in the world and when we are locked in our prayer closet. When we are living from day-to-day, we must always exude the Fruit of the Spirit. But when we pray, it is a time that we need to pray as Jesus did, and that means sometimes praying in anguish.
Listen to the following video, for it will really bring anguish into perspective:
When you close the door and drop to your knees, do you feel anguish over the lost souls and the condition of Christianity in the world outside your prayer closet?
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6 KJV)