The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23
…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…

The "Fruit of the Spirit" is a Biblical term that sums up nine visible attributes of the Christian life. These attributes are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Fruit of the Spirit should be recognizable in the life of a true disciple. These are not “fruits” that we pick and choose. They are characterizations; birthmarks if you will, of those who walk with God. In order for us to mature as believers, we should study, seek to understand and be filled with these attributes. Not dripping with the sweetness of God’s fruit? Take heart! Emulating the characteristics of Christ and being conformed to His image is called sanctification and it is an ongoing process. Let the sweetening begin!

Love

  • And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)
  • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Joy

  • I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. (Habakkuk 3:18)
  • In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. (Psalm 33:21)
  • The joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
  • These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. (John 15:11)

Peace

  • The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)
  • Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
  • May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Patience

  • You are “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…” (Colossians 1:11)
  • Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. ( Ephesians 4:2)
  • We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope; and hope does not disappoint. (Romans 5:3-4)
  • You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. (Hebrews 10:36)

Kindness

  • We should live in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left. (2 Corinthians 6:6-7)
  • Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)

Goodness

  • With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
  • Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right. (Psalm 106:3)

Faithfulness

  • For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)
  • I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3:16-17)

Meekness

(Meekness is often understood in our culture; it is literally “harnessed strength under control”)

  • Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4)
  • Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)

Self-control

  • Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)
  • Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14)
  • God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6)

For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective
and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:8)