The Fruit of the Spirit

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WHAT IS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT?

This Fruit of the Spirit (NOTE: ‘Fruit, not plural ‘Fruits’) is not an edible fruit but rather a spiritual fruit. It is found in the book of Galatians chapter 5 verse 22 to 23 (Galatians 5:22-23). The Fruit of the Spirit is a guide to help us have a good overall character as a Christian or a believer in Christ. It is a spiritual fruit consisting the 9 characteristics that believers in Christ must have or bear.

The Fruit of the Spirit must not be mistaken with God’s characteristics/attributes because we are the ones who are supposed to bear the 9 characteristics in the Fruit of the Spirit. We will talk about God’s characteristics/attributes in another article. Example:-

‘Love’ in the context of the Fruit of the Spirit actually means that we must love others as how we love ourselves (having unselfish care and concern for others) whereas ‘Love’ in the context of God’s attribute means He loves us because He created us.

There are nine (9) characteristics altogether that make the Fruit of the Spirit. Therefore, the correct term to use is “Fruit of the Spirit” (as in the Bible), not ‘Fruits of the Spirit’.

Below is the list of the Fruit of the Spirit in the Bible:-

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT:-

1. love (unselfish concern for others)
2. joy (inner)
3. peace
4. longsuffering (patience – not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting)
5. gentleness
6. goodness
7. faith (to have faith in God; to trust God)
8. meekness (humbleness)
9. temperance (self-control)

Bible Scripture reference:-

Galatians 5:22-23 (King James Version)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Anything that is not listed in the list of The Fruit of the Spirit is definitely not from God. This is the wisdom and discernment that God has given to us. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT:-

The Word of God teaches us wisdom by reminding us that we will know the if a person is a child of God simply by the fruits (characteristics) that they bear:-

Matthew 7:16-23 King James Version (KJV)
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Example: A person bearing the fruit of lust of the flesh is not walking in the Spirit and thus ending up not being able to resist sinful temptations:-

Galatians 5:16 King James Version (KJV)
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

QUESTION: So how do we build our Christ-like characteristics or The Fruit of the Spirit in us? 

ANSWER:-

1) Abide (stay in) in God’s Word at all times, daily as we need to learn what God, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit is teaching us daily. We are spiritually strengthened by God’s Word. As children of God, God’s Word is our spiritual food:-

Matthew 4:4 (King James Version – KJV)
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

2) Abide in Jesus because He is our root:-

John 15:4-11 (King James Version – KJV)
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

The Holy Spirit will teach us and remind us not to sin against God:-

HOW TO HELP THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT?:-
Firstly, we must always remember that Christians or believers are still human. They may fall or become weak and at certain point of a challenging moment or during a certain time in their lives. When this happens, we should not judge them (Matthew 7:1) and treat them like an outcast but instead we should uphold them in prayer. Have a heart to heart talk with them. God has taught us to be kind to others and to encourage them (Ephesians 4:32, John 13:34-35). We are to forgive 70X7 times (a metaphor phrase by Jesus to explain that we must forgive others always):-

Matthew 18:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Secondly, pray for them.

Prayer: Father Lord, please help me to be filled with the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT so that others can see that I am a true child of God. I want to learn to be like Jesus. Help me not to be influenced by the worldly things or thoughts and be corrupted by the opposites of the Fruit of the Spirit. Help me to be disciplined in reading Your Word (the Bible) and help me cultivate a good habit of praying daily so I can bear good fruits (characteristics). In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

Blessings.

In Christ we serve
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