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 several 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, rather to 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.
Review the “Fruit of the Spirit” below and consider the question, “Have I produced spiritual fruits today?
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Genuine, biblical love is a choice, not a feeling—and always seeks the wellbeing of others.
Joy of the Lord is founded in our spiritual, eternal circumstances… and not in our earthly situations.
Peace comes from knowing the One who is peace—Jesus Christ—in order to reject the chaos of this world and embrace God’s peace.
Patience is an ability to endure the circumstances of others and their problems even when you’re exhausted—without becoming resentful or irritable.
Kindness demonstrates moral goodness, integrity, and generously toward others.
Goodness expresses kindness, uprightness, and charitably toward others.
Faithfulness refers to the trustworthiness explicitly for Jesus with sustained and consistent submission and obedience… and reliability that benefits others.
Gentleness—similar to humility—is grace of the soul… and is not weakness, but strength under control.
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!
By answering the question above, we will become more aware of the spiritual fruits that we produced today. Which might 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!