The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up the nine visible attributes of a true Christian life written of by Paul in his letter to the Galatians chapter 5. The 9 Fruits are coming from the Holy Spirit and not from the Christian. The word Spirit is a capital S which is referring to the Holy Spirit and not the human spirit. The Fruit of the Holy Spirit are God’s divine personality and character traits that are worked in over time into the Christian human spirit.
Galatians 5:22,23 “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control, against such there is no law.”
Our behavior manifests itself either in the flesh or in the spirit. We are made of both. We have fleshy earthly desires. To be born again and have eternal life, we must die to the self. Those fleshy desires and be born of the spirit and live for our spirit and produce spiritual fruit. The fleshy desires lead to death. The more we seek pleasures of the flesh the more it kills our spirit. The more we desire this world and not God’s kingdom. It separates us from God. Your heart is where your treasure is. Where the spiritual leads to life eternal. These fruits are like a cluster that grows inside us. They grow in a cluster all together interconnected to each other and manifest themselves in our lives and behaviors. At times we may not even be aware of them, but others will see them in us.
The fruit of the Spirit are issues of the heart. We read the Word with our mind, build it into character in the heart, out of the heart come the attitudes, veiwpoints, behavior, and ministries of life. Producing and living in the atmosphere of the Sprit is a choice we are continually making every moment. If we are sincere in seeking God then we will produce fruit. That is the evidence of our Christian relationship with God. Everyone who does not produce fruit will be cut off and cast into the fire. Even Christians. Though they profess Christ as king, but if they do not produce fruit they are not true Christians. True Christians have the Holy Spirit within them. Those who have the Holy Spirit within them will produce fruit. Period.
What are the Fruits.
Love. a really undefeatable benevolence and unconquerable goodwill, that always seeks the highest of the other, no matter what s/he does. It is the self-giving love that gives freely without asking anything in return, and does not consider the worth of its object. It is sacrificial, demonstrated by Jesus’ death on the cross, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in and for man) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes do not fade under any circumstances, and it endures everything without weakening. Love never fails”.
Joy This ‘joy’ is not a human-based happiness that comes and goes but, rather, true ‘joy’ is divine in its origin. It is a Spirit-given expression that flourishes best in hard times. It is abiding joy. deep down even when there is little to be happy about. A friend at work was posting on facebook messages like. I am tired of feeling worthless, and I feel bad all the time. This prompted me to tell her about how I used to feel. I used to feel depressed a lot. Like all the time. Just felt bad for no real reason. This was before I found God. I don’t feel that way anymore. Even on a really bad day that would kill me, i still have something like a little ball or well of joy. Deep down that keeps me from falling all the way to depression. I know i can go on. It is there. I call it abiding joy. It is a source of strength for me.
Peace is the result of resting in a relationship with God. Peace is a tranquility, a state of rest, that comes from seeking after God, or, the opposite of chaos. properly, when all essential parts are joined together as one or as a whole. When a person is dominated by peace, he has a calm, inner stability that results in the ability to conduct himself peacefully, even in the midst of circumstances that would normally be very nerve-wracking, traumatic, or upsetting. Rather than allowing the difficulties and pressures of life to break him, a person who is possessed by peace is whole, complete, orderly, stable, and poised for blessing. We may not be able to control everything around us, but we can control ourselves. Jesus will make us whole. He is called the Prince of Peace. When we are one with him we will have an inner peace that will keep us from falling apart.
Patience Perseverence with a long spirit. Bravery and not losing heart. Endure misfortunes and troubles with hope. The ability to endure persecution and ill-treatment. It describes a person who has the power to exercise revenge but instead exercises restraint. Slow to anger, slow to avenge, steadfastness, constancy. It describes the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with a passive complacency, but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists weariness and defeat.
From my point of view. Someone with patience would be able to see logically. Would understand the circumstances. If someone wronged you, you would be able to see at least partially from their point of view as to why they did it and this would turn you from blind rage. You may still be angry they wronged you, but you understand why so you can try to reason with them. You can endure and hold out for the truth to come out and make things right.
Gentleness or Kindness Virtuous, good, manageable, pleasant. opposite of harsh, or bitter. Benevolent, moral integrity. does not necessarily mean being nice, one can be kind and not nice. In contrast, kindness is acting for the good of people regardless of what they do, properly. The word describes the ability to act for the welfare of those taxing your patience. The Holy Spirit removes abrasive qualities from the character of one under His control. Kindness is doing something and not expecting anything in return. Kindness is respect and helping others without waiting for someone to help one back.
This implies that even when you are angry you do or say what is best for that person anyway. You try to help the person even if you, or they, don’t want you to.
Goodness. Beneficent toward poor and needy. To do the right thing. To have a favorable disposition towards others. Strongly tied to godliness and righteousness. Having the quality of moral excellence. Opposite of evil.
Faithfulness. Trusting, confidence in one who keeps promises. Conviction of truth of something. Belief causing holy fervor and obedience. Faithfulness is committing oneself to something or someone, for instance, to one’s spouse, to a cause, or to a religion. Being faithful requires personal resolve not to wander away from commitments or promises. It’s not always easy to be faithful. Christian faith requires trust in God.
Meekness or gentleness. a disposition that is even-tempered, tranquil, balanced in spirit, unpretentious, and that has the passions under control. The word is best translated ‘meekness,’ not as an indication of weakness, but of power and strength under control. The person who possesses this quality pardons injuries, corrects faults, and rules his own spirit well. A forgiving spirit. The ability to let things go. It is important to be able to let got of grudges. They hinder spiritual growth. Also it is akin to humility. Not proud or boastful.
Self-control. Master of own desires. and passions. Especially sensual appetites. Conducting oneself with self-government. Having power over self, self restraint.
This is the fruit that should be growing in us. We do not need to seek after it. As long as we are seeking God then these fruits will be growing within us. They are to be used in our walk with the Lord and to seek his will in our lives. Others will see them and respond to them. Some will be drawn to us and to God as they see how God works in our lives. Others. Those of the devil will be angered by our presence , but we must have patience and endure their ridicule. The fruit is like a cluster and inner locked. You wont have one without the other, though you may possess more of one than another as they grown inside you. We all have times when we feel worthless. Tired of going on and just plain bad. The weight of the world and all it’s problems can be unbearable. That is why we need God’s strength. Through the Holy Spirit. Others will see this in us and desire that strength too. Through the fruit of the Holy Spirit we will be able to lift one another up.
God’s word says “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self control, and to self control, perseverance, and to perseverance, godliness, and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness; love. 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.