Galatians 5:22, 23 - The Fruit of the Spirit.
Gal.5:22, 23: The Fruit of the Spirit.
Gal 5:22, 23 (TEV) The Spirit produces love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.
A lot of different religious groups will give you all sorts of
ways to know whether or not you have the Holy Spirit. Jesus has one
simple answer: "by their fruit you will know them." Paul gives us the
definition of holy fruit.... Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,
Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control. by Phil Ware in Heartlight Daily
The fruit of the Spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy
Spirit in us. The Spirit produces these character traits that are found
in the nature of Christ. They are the by-products of Christ's
control--we can't obtain them by 'trying' to get them without his help. If
we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our
lives to his (see John 15:4, 5). We must know him, love him, remember
him, and imitate him. As a result, we will fulfill the intended
purpose of the law--to love God and our neighbors. Which of these
qualities do you want the Spirit to produce in you? [Life Application
It is true that there may be an outward correctness of
deportment without the renewing power of Christ. The love of influence and
the desire for the esteem of others may produce a well-ordered life.
Self-respect may lead us to avoid the appearance of evil. A selfish heart may
perform generous actions. By what means, then, shall we determine whose
side we are on?
Who has the heart? With whom are our thoughts? Of whom do we
love to converse? Who has our warmest affections and our best
energies? If we are Christ's, our thoughts are with Him, and our sweetest
thoughts are of Him. All we have and are is consecrated to Him. We long
to bear His image, breathe His spirit, do His will, and please Him
in all things.
Those who become new creatures in Christ Jesus will bring forth
the fruits of the Spirit, "love, joy, peace, long-suffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." Galatians 5:22, 23. They
will no longer fashion themselves according to the former lusts, but
by the faith of the Son of God they will follow in His steps,
reflect His character, and purify themselves even as He is pure. The
things they once hated they now love, and the things they once loved
they hate. The proud and self-assertive become meek and lowly in
heart. The vain and supercilious become serious and unobtrusive. The
drunken become sober, and the profligate pure. The vain customs and
fashions of the world are laid aside. Christians will seek not the
"outward adorning," but "the hidden man of the heart, in that which is
not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit." 1
Peter 3: 3, 4. SC58,9
There can be no growth or fruitfulness in the life that is
centered in self. If you have accepted Christ as a personal Saviour, you
are to forget yourself, and try to help others. Talk of the love of
Christ, tell of His goodness. Do every duty that presents itself. Carry
the burden of souls upon your heart, and by every means in your
power seek to save the lost. As you receive the Spirit of Christ--the
Spirit of unselfish love and labor for others--you will grow and bring
forth fruit. The graces of the Spirit will ripen in your character.
Your faith will increase, your convictions deepen, your love be made
perfect. More and more you will reflect the likeness of Christ in all
that is pure, noble, and lovely. COL67-9
These fruit are the character of God and the image God intended
for man. [Bev Condy, AFCOE]