Friut of the spirit

As you will see in the Scripture verse I will give you in this article – there is one very special incredible verse that will tell you that God the Father wants to transmit and impart 9 specific fruits of the Holy Spirit up into our personalities.

God wants all of us to enter into a true sanctification process with Him so that He can begin the process of molding, shaping, and transforming us into the express image of His Son Jesus Christ. He wants to make us into a better and more holy people. He wants to transform us by the renewing of our minds. He wants to put right thinking into our thought process.

In the “Sanctification,” I gave you the specific verses from Scripture that showed you that it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that this sanctification process is done with you in this life. However, you will not be a passive robot in all of this. You have to be willing to work in cooperation with the Holy Spirit once He begins to start this sanctification process within you.

Your job will be to get into the Word to find out exactly what it is God is going to want to change about you. You will need to find out exactly what godly qualities God will want you to try and “put on” into your personality, and what qualities He will want you to try and “put away.”

This article will be the first of a series of articles giving you all of the appropriate Scripture verses showing you exactly which qualities and attributes God will want to get worked into your personality, and which qualities He will want to pull out of you. And there is no better place to start this series of articles than with the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit.

If you want to start off by keying on some of the more positive, godly qualities that God would really like to get worked into your personality – really study and meditate on these 9 specific qualities.

When God the Father purposely isolates and spells out 9 specific qualities that will be coming direct from His Holy Spirit – then He is really letting you know the extreme importance of these 9 specific fruits.

These 9 fruits are major fruits and qualities that are coming direct from God Himself – and every Christian should do the best they can to work with the Holy Spirit in getting all 9 of these fruits worked into their personality.

I will first start off by highlighting each of these 9 specific fruits so that you can have all 9 of them isolated right at the top of this article. I will then give you the Scripture verse where these 9 fruits are coming from, and then do a brief commentary on each one of these fruits so you can fully understand what each one of these fruits are all about, and how they can dramatically change the quality of your life and state of well-being if you are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to start to work all 9 of these fruits into your personality.

Here are the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit listed one right after the other in a bolded, numbered format:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Longsuffering
  5. Kindness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faithfulness
  8. Gentleness
  9. Self-control

Now here is the specific verse from Scripture where these 9 fruits are being given to us by the Lord:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)

Before I get into the appropriate commentary on each of these nine fruits, note the following:

  1. The word “Spirit” is with a capital “S” – which means these 9 fruits are coming directly from the Holy Spirit, not from ourselves.
  2. What this means is that God’s love, God’s peace, God’s joy, and God’s goodness can start to be transmitted up into our personality. These are His divine attributes and personality qualities that will start to move into the core of our personality.
  3. Think about the ramifications of this – that God the Father Himself is allowing us to share in a part of His divine nature by allowing His Holy Spirit to transmit and impart these nine divine qualities right up into our soul and personality!

This is why God the Father is specifically telling us in this verse that these 9 fruits are coming directly from His Holy Spirit – so that we can all fully appreciate the magnitude of such an experience.

Jesus has already told us that He is the vine and we are the branches. The branches draw their life from the vine, not vice versa. Just as the branch draws its life from the vine, so too must we draw our life directly from Jesus. Jesus will release His divine life directly into us through the Holy Spirit in the exact same way that the vine will release the life of the tree into the branches.

In one short, but incredible powerful Scripture verse, God the Father is giving all of us an incredible revelation on what can go on behind the scenes in the spiritual realm for those who are willing to work with Him in this sanctification process.

Now I will go on to describe what each one of these nine fruits are all about and give you definitions from some of the different Bible Dictionaries and Commentaries, thereby making it easier for you to work with the Holy Spirit once He starts to move in on you to try and impart some of these divine qualities and attributes into the core of your personality.

Conclusion

All of the above definitions on each one of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit give you a perfect description of what each one of them are all about, and why God the Father really wants to work each one of these 9 fruits into our personalities.

As you can see when reviewing each one of them, they are all very powerful – and they not only have the ability to help change, transform, and sanctify you – but they also have the ability to touch all of those around you.

Nothing will draw nonbelievers and believers alike to the Lord than a truly sanctified saint in the Lord who is walking and operating in all 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit.

If you are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to work and transmit all 9 of these fruits up into your personality to some appreciable degree in this life – you will then become a light that will literally radiate the presence of God Himself through your soul and personality.

You have no idea how many people you will be able to save, touch, witness to, and help disciple if you have these fruits operating through you. These fruits will give you a credibility with God and with other people that no degree or title can give you in this life.

This sanctification process is the ultimate, highest aim and goal with God for our lives.

For those of you who are not afraid to let God begin this deeper sanctifying work in your life – keep these 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit directly in front of you.

And then work very closely with the Holy Spirit once He starts to manifest these fruits up into your personality.

These fruits will be coming directly from Him. They will be His love, His goodness, His joy, and His peace that will start to flow into you. But you will still have to do your part in all of this. Once these divine attributes start to be released into your personality by the Holy Spirit – your job will then be to start to walk and operate in them.

If the Holy Spirit starts to release His quality of love into your personality, but you start refusing to walk and operate in that love in your words and actions to others – then He will start to pull it back from you after a reasonable length of time.

If He starts to manifest His quality of self-control in you in an effort to try and take out some of the negative qualities that He will not want operating in your personality, and you refuse to rely on that self-control, and you override it and continue to operate in those negative qualities – then again, He will pull it back from you until you are ready to work in cooperation with Him.

This sanctification process is a two way street.

God is more than willing and anxious to do His part – but you will have to be willing to do your part. And your part will be to learn what changes God will want to make with you – and then start to live, walk, and operate in those specific changes once the Holy Spirit starts this supernatural, sanctification process within you.

This part God cannot do for you.

Jesus gave Peter the power and ability to be able to walk on water. But there was one thing Peter had to do before that supernatural power was released to him. He had to get out of the boat and start walking straight forward on that power.

It was only when he got out of the boat and started walking straight forward did the supernatural power of God manifest that allowed him to literally walk on water!

It’s the exact same way in this sanctification realm with the Lord. God, through the Holy Spirit, will give you the supernatural power to change, transform, and sanctify you – but you will have to be like Peter and be willing to live and walk in that supernatural power before it can really start to work to change and sanctify you.

Jesus is coming back for a Bride that will be without spot or blemish. He is calling His Church to clean up their act and allow His Holy Spirit to begin this deeper sanctifying work in their lives. However, the choice is up to each individual believer. Sanctification is not something that can be forced upon anyone. God really respects everyone’s free will and He will never force His will or His ways on anyone.

To those of you who will decide to enter into this sanctification process with the Lord – realize that all of this will not occur overnight. The Holy Spirit will set the pace and timetable that He will want to work with you on. You can perfectly trust Him to handle each of the areas that He will want to get into.

Though some of this may be a bit painful at times, since none of us likes to admit that we have anything that needs to be changed, let the Holy Spirit take you as far as He will want to go with you in this realm – and I guarantee you that your life and your state of well-being will all be changed for the better – much better!

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The apostle Paul listed nine characteristics that must be growing in our lives if we are to call ourselves Christians. What is the fruit of the Spirit?

Galatians 5:22-23 lists nine character traits as the “fruit of the Spirit”:

  • Love.
  • Joy.
  • Peace.
  • Longsuffering.
  • Kindness.
  • Goodness.
  • Faithfulness.
  • Gentleness.
  • Self-control.

Verse 23 concludes with, “Against such there is no law.” These characteristics are totally in harmony with the full spiritual intent of God’s holy and beneficial law, and every human government would be happy to have citizens exhibiting these traits.

Growing in the fruit of the Spirit is expected of those who have decided to turn to God. These characteristics aren’t suggestions or possibilities; they are aspects of the mind of God. We are to grow to think and act more like God does, and the fruit of the Spirit helps outline the path of a Christian.

Yet many who claim to be Christian don’t display these fruits very well. It takes more than saying you are a Christian; it takes the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of the Spirit.

Those who have been baptized and received the Holy Spirit should be demonstrating these traits more every day. In fact, without God’s Spirit, the full spiritual maturity of the fruit of the Spirit cannot be achieved. The human spirit can only achieve these characteristics on the surface level, and more often it produces the works of the flesh Paul describes in Galatians 5:19-21:

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

What does the fruit of the Spirit show others?

Christians who have been given the Holy Spirit have the opportunity to be walking billboards of God’s existence and wisdom. When we demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit, people watch and take notice. Whether they mock us for being naive when we patiently trust in God through trials or commend us for our generous and loving attitudes, they do see. Whether they laugh at us for controlling our human impulses or stare in amazement as we find fulfilling peace amidst tragedy, they see.

The fruit of the Spirit shows that God’s way of life, teachings, Spirit and truth are beneficial. It shows that God knew what He was doing when He inspired men to write the words of the Bible. It shows that we are committed to Him and want to help others get to know Him.

Most importantly, our demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit shows that there is an alternative way of life to the one Satan has deceived the majority of people of this world into living (

9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version ©1982 by Thomas Nelson”>Revelation 12:9

;

3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version ©1982 by Thomas Nelson”>2 Corinthians 4:3-4

). It points people toward the coming Kingdom of God and turns them away from the carnal here and now that has brought so much pain, misery and destruction.

The fruit of the Spirit isn’t about just sitting and waiting for the Kingdom, but rather about training for living God’s way of life now with every thought and action of our lives. Then the example of peace and comfort that comes along with those changed attitudes and standards will be a witness as to why the Kingdom of God is so sorely needed on this earth.

Why we need to grow in the fruit of the Spirit

If we call ourselves Christians, having Christ’s mind in us as new creations, then we must be ever increasing our demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit. This not only affects others around us through our example, but it affects us as well.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:19, Christians are commanded, “Do not quench the Spirit.” We must stay connected to God and always ask Him for more of His Spirit. We must obey God and use His Spirit to become more like Him. Becoming lax in demonstrating the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit is dangerous to our spiritual life. As Christians, we believe that the Holy Spirit is our guarantee or down payment on eternal life (21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version ©1982 by Thomas Nelson”>2 Corinthians 1:21-22; 13 In Him you also after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version ©1982 by Thomas Nelson”>Ephesians 1:13-14).

Knowing this, what happens if the very evidence that we have that Holy Spirit begins to slowly decrease and maybe even eventually disappear due to cynicism, life’s trials, mockery and complacency?

Imagine the Holy Spirit as a roaring campfire. What happens to the fire when we stop putting in the fuel and instead throw dirt on it? It goes out. It no longer produces the light or heat for which it was started.

In the same way if we neglect our relationship with God and become focused on the things of the world, we will extinguish the presence of God’s Spirit in our lives and no longer produce the fruit of the Spirit.

In addition to the importance of showing others how God’s Spirit can work in our lives, Christians must never underestimate the importance of fulfilling the covenant we made with the God of the universe when we were baptized and received the greatest gift of all: His Holy Spirit.

Overview of the articles in this section

The other nine articles in this section cover the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The articles about each individual character trait include:

  • A description of the trait.
  • Evidence from the Bible detailing why God wants us to demonstrate it.
  • Examples of it found in the Bible.
  • A self-examination questionnaire.
  • Some ideas of how to grow more of it in our lives.

As we discuss these essential traits of our Christian character, let’s make a firm decision to do our best to demonstrate them in our thoughts and actions. If we call ourselves Christians, we can do no less.

To gain the most from these articles, you need to first answer the following questions by reading these prerequisite articles:

  • Is the Holy Spirit a Person?
  • How Do You Know You Have the Holy Spirit?
  • What Is Conversion?

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Fruit of the Spirit – Visible Growth in Jesus Christ
“Fruit of the Spirit” is a biblical term that sums up the nine visible attributes of a true Christian life. Using the King James Version of Galatians 5:22-23, these attributes are: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. We learn from scripture that these are not individual “fruits” from which we pick and choose. Rather, the fruit of the Spirit is one ninefold “fruit” that characterizes all who truly walk in the Holy Spirit. Collectively, these are the fruits that all Christians should be producing in their new lives with Jesus Christ.

Fruit of the Spirit – The Nine Biblical Attributes
The fruit of the Spirit is a physical manifestation of a Christian’s transformed life. In order to mature as believers, we should study and understand the attributes of the ninefold fruit:

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). Through Jesus Christ, our greatest goal is to do all things in love. “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 – “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

Peace – “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).

Longsuffering (patience) — We are “strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (Colossians 1:11). “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).

Gentleness (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).

Goodness – “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power” (2 Thessalonians 1:11). “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9).

Faith (faithfulness) – “O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth” (Isaiah 25:1). “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 – “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1). “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).

Temperance (self-control) – “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love” (2 Peter 1:5-7).

Fruit of the Spirit – A Devotional for All Christians
The fruit of the Spirit is a wonderful study for Christians at any level of spiritual maturity. We hope this website provides a thought-provoking devotional and a springboard for growth.

Grow More Now!

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

– We have all

sinned

and deserve God’s judgment.

God

, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.

Jesus

, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He

died

for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was

buried

, and

rose from the dead

according to the

Bible

. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your

Savior

, declaring, “

Jesus is Lord

,” you will be saved from

judgment

and spend eternity with God in heaven.

What is your response?

Yes, today I am deciding to follow JesusYes, I am already a follower of JesusI still have questions

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(Ready? Okay!
Love, joy, peace,
Patience, kindness,
Goodness, faithfulness too

Gentleness
And self-control

We’ve got spirit,
How ’bout you?!)

We’ve got the fruit
(Yeah, yeah!)
Fruit of the spirit
We’ve got the fruit
(Yeah, yeah!)
This is how we live
We’ve got the fruit
(Yeah, yeah!)
Fruit of the spirit
The gifts that only God can give

Well it’s easy to get mad
When things don’t go your way
It’s easy to get angry
When you’re having a bad day

(Hey, hey, hey!)

It’s easy to be mean
When people do you wrong
It’s easy to complain
When you just can’t get along

But there’s a better way
(Hey, hey, hey!)
The spirit can help you when you pray

We’ve got the fruit
(Yeah, yeah!)
Fruit of the spirit
We’ve got the fruit
(Yeah, yeah!)
This is how we live
We’ve got the fruit
(Yeah, yeah!)
Fruit of the spirit
The gifts that only God can give

Well it’s easy to be selfish
When you need to give away
It’s easy to run
When you know you need to stay

(Hey, hey, hey!)

It’s easy to quit
Instead of staying until the end
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It’s easy to argue
Instead of speaking like a friend

(Oh…)

But there’s a better way
(Hey, hey, hey!)
The spirit can help you when you pray

We’ve got the fruit
(Yeah, yeah!)
Fruit of the spirit
We’ve got the fruit
(Yeah, yeah!)
This is how we live
We’ve got the fruit
(Yeah, yeah!)
Fruit of the spirit
The gifts that only God can give

(Ready? Okay!
Love, joy, peace,
Patience, kindness,
Goodness, faithfulness too

Gentleness
And self-control

We’ve got spirit,
How ’bout you?!)

We’ve got the fruit!

There’s a better way
(Hey, hey, hey!)
God will help you each and every day

We’ve got the fruit
(Yeah, yeah!)
Fruit of the spirit
We’ve got the fruit
(Yeah, yeah!)
This is how we live
We’ve got the fruit
(Yeah, yeah!)
Fruit of the spirit
The gifts that only God can give
(2x)

(Ready? Okay!
Love, joy, peace,
Patience, kindness,
Goodness, faithfulness too

Gentleness
And self-control

We’ve got spirit,
How ’bout you?!)

(Готовы? Хорошо!
Любовь, радость, мир,
Долготерпение, благость,
Добродетель, верность тоже

мягкость
И самоконтроль

У нас есть дух,
Как насчет тебя?!)

У нас есть фрукты
(Ага-ага!)
Плод духа
У нас есть фрукты
(Ага-ага!)
Вот как мы живем
У нас есть фрукты
(Ага-ага!)
Плод духа
Подарки, которые может дать только Бог

Ну это легко получить с ума
Когда дела идут не ваш путь
Это легко сердятся
Когда вы плохой день

(Эй Эй Эй!)

Легко быть скупым
Когда люди делают что вы неправильно
Легко жаловаться
Когда вы просто не можете обойтись

Но есть лучший способ
(Эй Эй Эй!)
Дух может помочь вам, когда вы молитесь

У нас есть фрукты
(Ага-ага!)
Плод духа
У нас есть фрукты
(Ага-ага!)
Вот как мы живем
У нас есть фрукты
(Ага-ага!)
Плод духа
Подарки, которые может дать только Бог

Ну это легко быть эгоистом
Когда вам нужно, чтобы отдать
Это легко работать
Когда вы знаете, что вам нужно, чтобы остаться

(Эй Эй Эй!)

Это легко бросить курить
Вместо того, чтобы не оставаться до конца
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Легко утверждать,
Вместо того, чтобы говорить как друг

(Ой…)

Но есть лучший способ
(Эй Эй Эй!)
Дух может помочь вам, когда вы молитесь

У нас есть фрукты
(Ага-ага!)
Плод духа
У нас есть фрукты
(Ага-ага!)
Вот как мы живем
У нас есть фрукты
(Ага-ага!)
Плод духа
Подарки, которые может дать только Бог

(Готовы? Хорошо!
Любовь, радость, мир,
Долготерпение, благость,
Добродетель, верность тоже

мягкость
И самоконтроль

У нас есть дух,
Как насчет тебя?!)

У нас есть фрукты!

Там есть лучший способ
(Эй Эй Эй!)
Бог поможет вам каждый день

У нас есть фрукты
(Ага-ага!)
Плод духа
У нас есть фрукты
(Ага-ага!)
Вот как мы живем
У нас есть фрукты
(Ага-ага!)
Плод духа
Подарки, которые может дать только Бог
(2x)

(Готовы? Хорошо!
Любовь, радость, мир,
Долготерпение, благость,
Добродетель, верность тоже

мягкость
И самоконтроль

У нас есть дух,
Как насчет тебя?!)

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