The Fruit of the Holy Spirit

God's Fruit in a life is not success as the world measures success. It is found in a changed life that exhibits His Character: The Fruit of The Holy Spirit! Fruit is an expression of a tree so the Fruit of The Spirit is the expression of The Christian’s character. Just as the fruit of a tree depends on the trees nature so t he Fruit of a Christian depends on the Christian’s nature which is why Jesus aid ‘By their fruits you will know them”.

 

The Holy Spirit is God. He expresses the Character of God in all He does and guides Christians to express the Character of God in all they do.

 

The fruit of a Christian is the result of the attitudes and understanding they have and when these align with those of The Holy Spirit they will then express the Fruit of The Holy Spirit (the Character and attitudes of God) in their life.

 

Love is the basis from which all the other fruit flows. According to your degree of love for someone (God, yourself, family etc.), will be the quality of how you demonstrate this fruit in your relationships.

 

It is hard to demonstrate this fruit when the person is obnoxious, rejects you or is hard to love for some other reason. This is when The Holy Spirit strengthens you to love them, in the way the Father and Jesus loves them and by this assists you to demonstrate The Fruit of The Holy Spirit to them. God also uses this to mature you more to His character.

 

Until you can love people with the same quality of love with which The Father and Jesus loves them with you cannot really minister to them in the way God desires you too. It is as you are truly led by The Holy Spirit in all you do that you will love others and minister to them in the way The Father and Jesus desire you to.

(Gal 5:1921 NCVj The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: being sexually unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins, worshiping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people, feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not inherit God's kingdom.

 

(Gal 5:22,23 NRSVj By contrast, the Fruit of the Spirit …

 

(Gal 5:22,23 KJVj But the Fruit of The Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace Longsuffering, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Against such there is no law!

The 'Fruit of The Spirit' is the evidence of The Holy Spirit in you, guiding you in your expressing the Love and character of God to others. The fruit are an expression of your degree of love to Jesus and The Father and are a sign you belong to them.IT is what contrasts with those who belong to Satan or even lukewarm Christians which is why it is so important to have it because if you do not you may need deliverance in an area of your life or you might not even belong to Jesus.

 

Paul states the attitudes of worldliness then contrasts them with what should be the attitude of a Christian! It is to be noted that the more time you spend with intimately with Jesus, the more you will show His Love and as a consequence, the Fruit of The Spirit in all you do in your life. The more Tine you spend with Jesus the more you know what He desires in you and the more you will assimilate of His mind into yours.

 

'Fruit' in this verse is singular tense so there is only one type of Fruit but it has many colours. A Christian should show this one Fruit (love) in their life as it is the Character of God whose presence is in them and whose image they are being conformed too. Every Christian has The Holy Spirit in them so that the Fruit is in them. But how much of it they show in their life is up to them and the more they understand and show God's quality of Love in all they do the more of this Fruit they will be show to the world.

 

The nature of God is love and its expression is that of a servant. If God's quality of Love is in you, then you will serve others in the same way He serves others and express His character as you do it.

 

Love is the key to expressing God's nature and character as well as relating to others and the world as it is the way He relates to them.

 

Love is a result of God's nature, andH is His fruit in you.

 

It is only as you are led by The Holy Spirit to develop The Fruit of The Spirit in you will you live the Christian life as God desires you to live it!

What type of love are you to show?

Jesus only gave one commandment from which all the other commandments flow. To love God and others with the same quality of love with which He Loves you (Jn 13:34-35). That is the only type of love to show others. The concept of different Greek words to describe the type of love you show to others is humanistic in nature and an incorrect translation. You are to love all equally. It is just the expression of this love is limited by the type of relationship you are in. You express your love differently to that you express to your sister or a strange woman. But you are to love them all in the way God loves them and serve them as He would serve them.

 

Only in Satan's world are there four types of love. In the Kingdom of God there is only one type of Love and there is no way of avoiding the expression of this quality of love.

Love (1 Cor. 13:4-7)

The Fruit that is mentioned first, which should be the hallmark (the most noticeable attitude) of a Christian, from which all the other facets of this Fruit flow and which also contrast a Christian with the world, is love. Not just any type of love. But the same quality of love that marks God and His relationship with people. A Love that caused Him to forsake all, come to a Godless world (where His enemy rules) and die for the people in it so that those people could be with Him in a wonderful relationship and enjoy the delights He has prepared for them, if they accepted Him and His teachings

 

The example of Jesus is our example of Love. The giving up of things far greater than we can ever imagine to come to earth and die for those who would reject Him.

Phi 2:5-10 (WEY) Let the same disposition (attitude be in you which was in Christ Jesus. Although from the beginning He had the nature of God (i.e. was God) He did not reckon His equality with God a treasure to be tightly grasped. Nay, He stripped Himself of His glory, and took on Him the nature of a bondservant by becoming a man like other men. And being recognized as truly human, He humbled Himself and even stooped to die; yes, to die on a cross. It is in consequence of this that God has also so highly exalted Him, and has conferred on Him the Name which is supreme above every other, in order that in the Name of JESUS every knee should bow, of beings in Heaven, of those on the earth, and of those in the underworld (demons),

When you give up a universe to face someone who is going to kill you terribly and who will not appreciate what you have done then complain about what is happening to you. Jesus faced this and did not complain and He is our example.

 

The love of God is explained in 1 Cor 13:4-7 and is self explanatory:

 

1 Cor 13:4-8a is as follows (ESV):

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends…

Joy

Not just any joy. But the joy:

 

of knowing you have eternal life

 

of having a personal relationship with Jesus,

 

of being delivered from the evil kingdom of Satan and hell, of being counted worthy of doing the work of Jesus,

 

of knowing what His love for you really means

 

of knowing who you are (a child of The Kingdom)

 

of knowing where you will go when you die

 

of not having to worry about anything (Mat 6:33) as you do His Will,

Because you trust God's Love, Purposes, Plans and Control over all your circumstances.

 

This type of joy is content in all circumstances because it isthat whatever God does or allows is for their best (Rom 8:28}

 

Remember, God is in control of everything or He cannot be God. His Purposes and Plans are Perfect or He cannot be God. If He is not Love He is a hypocrite so cannot be God. Either He is God and does only that which is good for you or He is not!

 

Peace (Is 26:3)

Not just rest but a peace that pervades all we do. Because we know The Father is in control of all our circumstances, loves us and meets our every need and that all things work out for our good! This is a peace that does not have a care as it casts all its worry on Jesus and trusts Him fully to deal in any matter concerning us in a way that is most advantageous for us and for the task God has called us to do.

 

It is peace resulting from the Love relationship we have with God because He only does all that is best for us.

Long-suffering (Patience in suffering 1 Cor 15:58)

This attitude of 'patience in suffering' results from knowing that our reward is Jesus and that at the end of the suffering is rest in the Kingdom of God with Jesus. It also is suffering while doing the work of Jesus. Because of our love for Jesus we willingly bear any suffering for His purposes because of the resulting benefit it will bring to others and to The Kingdom of God. We should not care what happens to us as we trust Him for whatever happens to us. We know He will never do us any wrong but will always work only for our best.

 

Even death at times may be best for a Christian, given what they may face if they do not die. At times Jesus has taken people to stop them losing their salvation. No death is out of God's control so it is best for the Christian concerned.

 

These people understand Matt 24:13 and Rev 12:11.

 

Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 

Rev 12:11{KJV} And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 

Rev 12:11 (BBE) And they overcame him through the blood of the Lamb and the word of their witness; and loving not their lives they freely gave themselves up to death.

Gentleness (kindness out of compassion and love)

People who love with the same quality of love with which Jesus loves people cannot willingly hurt another or be harsh with them. This term 'gentleness' portrays this. It is kindness and compassion to others out of love for them. It is the attitude Jesus has with sinners and the unlovely that the world discards and that many have difficulty relating too. It is an expression of the Love Jesus has to all.

Goodness

This person is virtuous and honest in all they do. The have integrity of character. Their character expresses the goodness of God. They are pure in their motives and seek evil for none, esteeming the values of God above all the world's values so that God's values permeate their nature and they reflect the goodness of God in all they do. They are without guile or deceit in all they do!

Faith

This is an active belief and trust in what Jesus asks them to do: because of whom Jesus is, what Jesus has done and said as well as all that Jesus has promised to those who obey Him. This belief permeates everything they think and do. They evaluate everything in accordance with the Will of Jesus and the values of His Kingdom. They are assured of whom they have believed in and the promises made by Him (Jesus) and that He is able to carry them out. The faith of this person cannot be shaken and they will die rather than deny their belief in Jesus, whom He is, what He has done and what He has promised to do for them (Heb 11:6. ) It is an expression, like all the other fruit, of their love for Him.

 

These people are able to fully believe what Jesus has said for them to believe when most cannot.

Meekness (Humility)

The meek person realizes that he is only what he is by God's grace and takes no credit for what God has done or is doing. He has a true estimation of himself before God and knows that all that is good comes from God. He knows he lives only because God keeps him alive and that He is able to work and serve God only because God allows him to do this and also that God gives him what he needs to serve Him. He has no doubt as to his need to completely rely on God and as a result does not declare his own greatness or achievements! He cannot! He realizes he has only done what God has asked because God has prepared these for him and allowed him to do them and that there is nothing in what he has done that he can claim any 'glory' or originality for!

 

He knows he is only a steward of what He has and that God has the ultimate say about what He does with what God has trusted him with.

 

Because of these attitudes, he has the heart of a servant and God can use him greatly.

 

God does not Love you for what you can do for Him. He can do it all Himself. He Loves you because He made you and is your 'Father'. Those who respond in Love towards Him He will use to serve Him and they will be with Him in heaven. Those who reject His Love will be with His enemy in hell when they die. Remember, enemies are placed in prison where they cannot harm the good citizens of the kingdom. This is one reason hell is necessary.

 

Temperance (self-controlled in all things)

This person controls (disciplines) them self in all things so that they never abuse anything God allows them to have control over (what they are stewards of in other words) and are also able to control them self so that they can express the 'Fruit of the Spirit' in all they do. While all the 'Fruit' flows from love, self-control is what allows a person to express them properly. These are the faithful and good stewards of all God has entrusted them with.

Against such people that love with the quality of love with which God Loves us, that express the Fruit of this love, there can be no application of the Mosaic Law. This type of Love fulfils God's requirements of The 'Law of Love' and the 'Fruit of the Spirit' is the expression of God's Love, through us, to all.

 

The above attitudes and way of thinking are designed to remove worry and fear from your minds as these cloud your thinking and make it hard for you to hear God. They also ensure you have the correct attitudes and habits to be a good citizen of The Kingdom of Heaven and to be able to fearlessly do the work of The Kingdom. In a sense they are Mat 6:33 in action!

 

Worry and fear are attitudes Satan tries to make you have so you will doubt God's Love for you as well as His control over all your circumstances so that you will be more hesitant to serve Jesus and trust in His will and control.

 

A Christian should always be positive. To be otherwise is to question God's love toward them as well as too bring it into disrepute.

 

God is in complete control and His nature is Love. So whatever happens to you is for your best as God is using it to conform you to the image of Jesus.

 

The Bible tells you to be positive (Rom 8:28, Gen 50:20)

Job 3:25 (NCV) For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me and what I dreaded has happened to me.

This lack of trust in God being able to protect what Job had, was the sin that allowed Satan to attack Job. Job feared God would not be able to protect him as well as what God had given him. So Satan was able to remove the hedge of protection God had placed around Job (Job 1;10). God was not able to maintain it because of Job's doubt.

 

If you believe something will happen to you it may. Satan is always happy to fulfil your fears if it is against the Will of Jesus and help Christians be harmed in some way. If you trust in God's Providence and Control of all you will not be concerned about anything that happens to you as it will be best for you (Rom 8:28). God's Love is being expressed through what is happening to you so it is best for you.

 

The Christian life is a life of positives based on trust in God's Love! Not on negatives or fear that takes away hope and which binds the person in ritual and legalism. Fear comes from The Devil and not from God (2 Tim 1:7)m as does all guilt, shame and condemnation after the death of Jesus on Calvary.

 

This positive attitude of faith needs to be cultivated through the Will of the person affirming God's promises in regard to all negative situations. In trusting God no matter what happens.

 

The more we are led by the Holy Spirit, the more we will trust God, express the character of God and serve Him on a daily basis in the way He desires us to serve him.

God illustrates the Fruit of The Spirit in the way He relates to us.

Love

God is Love and all He does for you is out of this Love He has for His created people. All he does is out of His Perfect Love for us. This is the quality of love we should express to all around us.

Joy

The Joy He has of seeing people growing into His Image as a result of responding to His Love being expressed to them as well as the delight He has in the relationship we Have with Him and His people. We too should delight in the life of His faithful followers as well as in what He does for them.

Peace

The Peace that occurs because He is in charge of our life and which flows to us because He is our Lord. This is the peace we should have with all and which can only result if we are in a correct relationship with Him.

Long-suffering

The patience He shows, like a Father does to His errant children, as He works to draw them back to Himself. It is also the patience He shows when He provides the events and trials that mature us to His image. He does not rush things but patiently builds them up in a perfect way that is best for us and He will take years to do something we want finished in a minute. This is the patience we need to have that does not want things done quickly but in His time and in His way.

 

Remember that He makes all things beautiful in His timing and not ours.

 

Gentleness

He is like a loving parent and does not act in a harsh way to us but always in an encouraging, compassionate, loving manner to encourage us to keep going in what He has given us to do. God is an encourager and so should we be.

Goodness

The characteristic of desiring what is best for all because they are a creation of The Father. We should desire what is best for all we interact with because The Father loves them. Because we love The Father we will want to do what gives Him pleasure. His character is such that goodness naturally flows from it as it should from our character as should all the Fruit of the Spirit flow.

Faith

 

He places faith (trust) in us that we will do His Will and Love Him just as we should and that we will trust what He allows too happens to us. If only because He is in control and that all things that occur to us are for our best in some way. So we should not complain but trust Him in all things.

Meekness

The Servant Heart of God that humbles Himself to put the need of others before His own need. He is our Lord but relates to us and serves us in this humility just as we should in humility serve all that God brings to us to serve. The more authority you have the higher the call to serve others and lead by the example of this service. In the same way that God leads us by His example of service.

 

(Mat 20:26-28) But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Temperance

God is economical and only does what He needs to. He never over indulges in anything or in the way He expresses himself. We too should be moderate in all we do. Doing only what He tells us to do and buying or gathering only what He wants us to buy or gather so that Satan cannot take our time from what God wants us to do by having us look after things we should not have.

 

God is our example to follow and we should have these attitudes to all:

 

To love others with the same quality of love with which God does

 

To Joy in the spiritual progress and maturity of others and the relationship they have with God and us

 

To be at peace with all through helping them be at peace with God and through not worrying what happens to us because God has allowed for our best.

 

To patiently endure in serving God and others desiring to serve them on behalf of Jesus and be willing to suffer and endure to help them be like Him because we love Jesus and desire others to have the same relationship with Him that we have.

 

To show gentleness to all in the way God is gentle with us so that people do not fear us but are attracted to Jesus because they see His quality of Love in us expressed toward them.

 

To only do good to all people and never evil of any kind so that they see our servant heart and the love in it that only desires what is best for them.

 

To show Jesus is worth following no matter what happens. Because we trust Him and His love for us regardless of what happens to us.

 

To be humble in all we do not trying to control others but treating them as equals and as worth knowing and not as inferior because they are all children of the Father and should be treated as such (Gal 3:28).

 

To do all things in moderation so that people see our lives are not controlled by possessions or activity but that we use what we have for the purposes of God and are not driven by the world and its peer pressure to conform to it.

As we do these things we show God is worthy to be followed and the demonstration of the Fruit of The Spirit in our life becomes an act of worship and praise to the Father and to Jesus!

Attitudes to avoid

There is really only one attitude to avoid (lovelessness) as there is only one command to obey:

Joh 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By his shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

The only wrong attitude is that of not loving another as God loves them. Obey This command and you will never sin.

All your life is really spent working at this commandment:

 

In relationship to God

 

In relationship to our self

 

In relationship to others!

Any activity: service, ministry, employment, relationships, socialising etc., that is does not show God's type of Love is wrong and not of The Kingdom of God.