The Fruit Bowl
Spiritual gifts are not the same as the Fruit of the Spirit. Spiritual fruit is produced from
within, gifts are imparted from the outside. Spiritual fruit relates to Christ-like character,
and is produced by the Holy Spirit, not by the Christian. Just as natural fruit needs time to
grow, the fruit of the Spirit will not ripen in our lives overnight. We must constantly work to
rid ourselves of the old sin nature that wants to oppose the work of the Holy Spirit (Matthew
13:24-30). As we give the Lord more control of our lives, the Holy Spirit works to transform
us into the image of Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). Galatians 5:22 tell us that the fruit of
the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and
self-control, qualities Jesus demonstrated during His earthly ministry, expounded on below.
Love – True biblical love is a choice, not a
feeling.For God so loved the world He gave us His
only begotten Son… (John 3:16).
Joy – refers to “gladness and delight”
established in our spiritual, eternal
circumstances, not the world standard.
For the joy that was set before Him, He
endured the cross and despised the shame,
and has sat down at the right of the throne
of God (Hebrews 12:2).
Peace – The world cannot give it because it
doesn’t know the One who is Peace; we
have the Spirit of Peace.
“My peace I give to you; not as the world
gives do I give to you” (John 14:27).
Patience – Patient people put up with
circumstances and other people, even when
severely tried.But let patience have its perfect work, that
you may be perfect and complete, lacking
nothing (James 1:4).
Kindness and Goodness – moral
goodness and integrity, expressed in the
way we act toward others.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and
beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness,
humility, meekness, longsuffering
Faithfulness – To be faithful is to be
trustworthy, specifically to the Savior who
Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the
land, and feed on His faithfulness (Psalm
Gentleness/Meekness – gentleness is
grace of the soul. It is not weakness, but
strength under control.
Let your gentleness be known to all men.
The Lord is at hand (Philippians 4:5)
Self-Control – the strength to control our
sinful desires, and to say “no” to our flesh.
But be hospitable, a lover of what is good,
sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled.
The Christian life is best demonstrated by identifying with Christ. The war going on inside
the believer, which originates from our time spent in the world; our flesh; and Satan, will try to keep us
from walking in the Spirit. The secret to living a fruitful life in the will of God is simple: keep in
step with His Spirit; count yourself dead to sin and alive in Christ; die to yourself and allow
Him to live through you!