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
“Fruit of the Holy Spirit” is a biblical phrase that refers to nine attributes—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. It does not appear that Apostle Paul’s intent is to teach how many fruits of the Holy Spirit there are; but alert to the right kind of fruits that ought to be produced in our lives. Both an individual and a community can generate spiritual fruit when acting in agreement with the Holy Spirit.
What if… we considered this day, the question… “Have I produced spiritual fruits or acts of the flesh today (Galatians 5:19-21)?
|Fruit of the Spirit||OR||Acts of the Flesh|
|Love – genuine, biblical love is a choice, not a feeling—and always seeks the wellbeing of others.||or||Hate|
|Joy – is founded in our spiritual, eternal circumstances with Jesus Christ… and not in our earthly situations.||or||Hopelessness|
|Peace – comes from knowing the One who is peace—Jesus Christ—in order to reject the chaos of this world and embrace God’s presence.||or||Frustration|
|Patience – is an ability to endure the circumstances of others and their problems even when we are exhausted—without becoming resentful or irritable.||or||Fretfulness|
|Kindness – demonstrates moral goodness, integrity, and generously toward others.||or||Meanness|
|Goodness – expresses kindness, uprightness, and charitably toward others.||or||Wickedness|
|Faithfulness – refers to the trustworthiness explicitly for Jesus with sustained and consistent submission and obedience… and reliability that benefits others.||or||Unfaithfulness|
|Gentleness – similar to humility—is grace of the soul… and is not weakness, but strength under control.||or||Brashness|
|Self-Control – involves the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which provides the strength to control our sinful cravings and exercise enough power to embrace the Spirit and promote a bountiful harvest of acceptable spiritual fruit!||or||Lack of Self-Control|
By answering the question above, we become more aware of the spiritual fruits that we produced today. Which can impact the spiritual fruits that we produce tomorrow… and all the days to come! Our spiritual fruits are the product of the Holy Spirit, who dwells inside every believer of Jesus Christ. These fruits are manifested through our willing hearts and minds as fruit of the Spirit. Finally, it is the Holy Spirit that gives us the power we need to reject the acts of the flesh—and produce delicious, magnificent, incredible, abundant fruit of the Spirit!