Fruit of the Spirit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23.
The “Fruit” of the Spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit produces these character traits which are found in the nature of Jesus Christ. They are the by-products of Christ’s control, and we can’t obtain them by trying to get them. If we want the Fruit of the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our lives to His. We know Him, love Him, remember Him, imitate Him. The result will be that we will fulfill the intended purpose of the Law, loving God and man.Most people to profess to be Christians, but you don’t see the manifestation of the Fruit of the Spirit being in manifestation in their lives. Because the God who sent the Law also sent the Spirit. The by-product of the Spirit-filled life is in perfect harmony with the intent of God’s Law. Many think the Law was demolished when Jesus came, but they misunderstand that Jesus came to fulfill the Law (Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy it, but to fulfill – Matthew 5:17). Jesus rejected the Pharisees’ charge that He was nullifying the law, the law was both temporary (For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also the law – Hebrews 7:15). And the law was eternal (That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit – Romans 8:4). Misunderstanding of the Bible will cause many to live opposite of Scripture as well as a false doctrine.
God is like His Word, His Word doesn’t change neither does He. What He meant in the Old Testament, He means for the New Testament, His instructions for His people is to live a holy life; separate from their contemporaries. False teachers are teaching a utilitarianism gospel. It has created a generation of Christians in search of happiness which comes not from the quality of their relationship with Elohim, God the Father. In reality, we are designed to go through situations, encounter people and be generally challenged. These experience are not meant to destroy us; but they provide golden opportunities to deliver us from dependency on human affirmation and come to a place of absolute trust in the Father.
Many say they love God and Jesus, but they don’t have a relationship with the Father nor do they obey His Word, obedience is the proof of love. Jesus was the perfect proof of love, and He was an example for us (For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow his steps – 1st Peter 2:21). As we submit ourselves to the Word of God there will be suffering in our flesh, our flesh does not want to submit itself to the Word of God. According to the Word of God, there is nothing good in our flesh, the flesh can only be tamed by the Spirit of God and the Word of God. One must be yielded to the Spirit in order to be led by the Spirit. The more we yield ourselves to the Spirit is when the “Fruit” of the Spirit will come into manifestation. The word fruit is significant for three reasons (1) It means the result, product, outcome or effect produced by the Spirit in the believer’s life.
The Fruit of the Spirit is Love ( the willing sacrificial giving of oneself for the benefit of another without thought of return. Joy (gladness of heart, life issues, and problems can’t take away the joy) Peace (tranquility of mind, freeing one from worry and fear. Longsuffering ( patience with others, the opposite of a short temper, a disposition quietly bearing an injury). Gentleness ( kindness no matter who one may be experiencing, they will show gentleness to others). Goodness ( generosity) Faith ( dependability total upon the Lord) Meekness (gentleness, that is, courtesy and consideration in one’s relations with others. Temperance ( self-control, that is, the ability to harness and control one’s passions and lusts).
Fruit of the Spirit is not accomplished by our own abilities but through the Spirit of God. Salvation is more than just excepting salvation, God is expecting us to bear fruit (Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit, so shall ye be my disciples – John 15:8). If we’re not bearing fruit we’re not Jesus’ disciples. We don’t produce fruit just by being a member of a church, we bear fruit when the Living God is residing in us and we have allowed Him to be King in every area of lives and being; every king rule his kingdom, if we’re the children of God, then we are His kingdom and He should be ruling!