The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
In Luke 6:43-45, Jesus tells us that a good tree doesn’t bear bad fruit and a bad tree doesn’t bear good fruit. In the same way a good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. You can tell if a person is good or evil by what he or she says. “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
The Fruit of the Spirit is not a list of things we can do on our own because they are supernatural characteristics. Any person can exhibit a few of these qualities some of the time. It is only when we let the Spirit work in us that we can love someone that our flesh wants to hate, have joy in times of trouble, be peaceful when we are surrounded by chaos, have patience when our nerves are frayed, be kind when someone annoys us, do the right thing when the enemy cries through our flesh to do what is wrong, have faith that God will restore a child who is walking down the wrong path, remain gentle in the midst of mayhem, and have self-control when our flesh is screaming for drugs, alcohol, food, sexual immorality, gambling, or selfish ambitions.
When we let the Spirit direct our lives, we’ll live extraordinarily and show the world that God’s Spirit lives within us. We won’t live in shame because there is no law against the Fruit of the Spirit.
Father, I praise you for your Spirit that you’ve given to all believers. Let your Spirit fill and guide me so I can be more like Jesus. Work a miracle in me so I exhibit the Fruits of the Spirit and not the acts of the flesh. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.