The Nature of God - Visible Growth in Jesus Christ

The fruits of the Spirit are for the development of a Christian’s character.

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a person living in accord with the Holy Spirit according to Galatians, is the ninth book of the New Testament. It is a letter from The Apostle Paul to a number of Early Christian communities in Galatia. 

“Fruit of the Spirit” is a biblical term, visible growth in Jesus Christ and sums up the nine visible attributes of a true Christian life—all the fruits of the Spirit were planted in seed form inside of us when we gave our lives to Jesus.

The scripture says that these are not individual “fruits” from which we pick and choose—the fruit of the Spirit is one ninefold “fruit” which is manifested in all we truly walk in the Holy Spirit. As a whole, these are the fruits that all believers should be producing in their new life with Jesus.  

The fruits just like the Gifts of the Spirit are available to every believer—they are a requirement to unleashing God’s power in your life— as a means to spread the Gospel and to fulfill the mission of the Church.

The Fruits are not to be confused with The 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit. The 9 fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.

#1 – Love: Humble Concern for Others Than Ourselves

 1 John 4:8 – God is Love. 

We were created to love— to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with our soul and with all our strength.  – Deuteronomy 6:5.

We must learn to receive The Father’s love before we can really love anyone else.

Love is the main fruit and what mainly leads others to Jesus.

#2 – Joy: Is Contagious and Others Take it On When They are Near Us

Hebrews 12:2 – Enduring gladness once aware of God’s grace. 

Joy gives spiritual strength it’s caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying. 

Eternal joy is far greater than earthly pleasures.

#3 – Peace: Is Tranquility When Life’s Events Don’t Go the Way We Intended

Psalm 107:9 – Being happy in all that you do, having peace mainly with God but with his people and with yourself.  

We have peace about our circumstances in this life because we know that our God is a good God who loves us completely and is completely in control.

Having peace in all our circumstances knowing that all things work together for the good of them that love God. all things work together for good to them that love God.

#4 – Patience: or Long-suffering, Steadfastness in the Mids of Deep Betrayal

Proverbs 14:29 – Be still and wait on God.

AKA “Long-suffering” or “devotion”  Steadfastness in the mids of deep betrayal, the willingness to bear wrongs patiently.

Becoming more Christ-like during times of suffering or temptation.

Rejoicing in times of suffering knowing that it produces character and good character is more important than the Gifts of the Spirit.

#5 – Kindness: Gentleness With Others or Others Who are Less Capable Than Us

Proverbs 21:21 –  Working together towards a common goal.

Kindness is performing Gods will by meeting the needs of his people.

#6 – Goodness: Seeking the Well-being of Others Over Our Own Well-being 

Psalm 23:6   Moral excellence. 

It’s holiness in action and comes as a result of knowing God.

Doing good deeds just as Christ has done for us leads people to repentance.

#7 – Faithfulness: The Concept of Unfailingly Remaining Loyal to Someone or Something, and Putting That Loyalty into Consistent Practice Regardless of Extenuating Circumstances

Psalm 145:13 – Pushing through even when you don’t want to.

Doing what you said you would long after the mood in which you said it has past. 

Being a trustworthy or reliable person.

#8 – Gentleness: Meekness or Softness Evidenced by How we Handle Others When They Disagree With Us

1 John 3:18 – Acting in a way that deems us worthy of confidence and trust. 

The absence of harshness or severity. 

#9 – Self-control: Temperance or the Ability to Master our Passions and Desires

Proverbs 25:28 – Able to control one’s thoughts and actions.

Having control of your body, soul, and spirit and exercising self-restraint in what we do and say. 

Knowing that with God’s help, any hardship we experience can be tolerated.

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