Have you ever wondered how you can tell apart a person who actually knows God from a person who doesn’t (even when they profess that they do)? Simply put, by their fruits. Anyone can claim to know and love God, but only his children will walk according to the Sprit and produce godly fruits. In this post I’m going to share some insight on the fruit of the spirit, the purpose of producing godly fruits, and supporting bible verses to enlighten, inspire, and help us produce the 9 fruits of the Spirit.
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THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT SCRIPTURE:
Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (NKJV)
WHAT IS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT?
The same way trees produce different fruits (depending on the type of tree of course), The Holy Spirit produces godly fruits in our lives. Matthew 7:16 says, “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?”
Our fruits are what set us apart from the world and define us as children of God.
Think of it like this, what makes an apple tree different from a pear tree? It’s fruits! Apple trees will never produce pears and pear trees will never produce apples. You know you’re in front of an apple tree when you’re able to see apples on the tree.
You will be able to easily tell them apart by their fruits.
So, what fruits set us apart from the trees (people) that don’t know God?
9 FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT
The fruit of the Spirit is summed up by 9 unique godly traits that Christians should possess and produce on a daily basis.
So, let’s go ahead and look at each fruit individually.
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: LOVE
Love requires suffering, sacrifice, and effort.
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up. (NKJV)
Love is the greatest fruit to possess.
1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (NKJV)
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. (NKJV)
Love is the bond of perfection.
Colossians 3:14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. (NKJV)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: JOY
You can find joy in God’s presence.
Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (NKJV)
Have joy in your heart at all times.
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (NKJV)
Let your joy in God increase daily.
Isaiah 29:19 The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. (NKJV)
Let God’s joy remain in you.
John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (NKJV)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: PEACE
Let the peace of God guard your mind and heart.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)
Only God can give you peace in every way continually.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. (NKJV)
Let the peace of God rule your heart at all times.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (NKJV)
God keeps those who trust in him, in perfect peace.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (NKJV)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: LONG-SUFFERING
Follow Jesus’ example of long-suffering
1 Timothy 1:16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. (NKJV)
Long-Suffering synonyms: Patient, enduring, tolerant, and forbearing.
Have the same mindset of Jesus.
Romans 15: 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus. (NKJV)
Be patient in tribulation.
Romans 12:12 rejoicing in hope, patient[a] in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. (NKJV)
Be calm and wait patiently on God.
Psalm 37:7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way. (NKJV)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: KINDNESS
Be kind to others.
Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (NKJV)
Show others kindness the same way that God has shown you kindness.
1 Chronicles 19:2 Then David said, “I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. And David’s servants came to Hanun in the land of the people of Ammon to comfort him. (NKJV)
Clothe yourself with kindness.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering. (NKJV)
Show others the kindness you want to receive.
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (NKJV)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: GOODNESS
Do good to all.
Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (NKJV)
Overcome evil with good.
Romans 12: 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NKJV)
God has promised that goodness will follow you forever.
Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NKJV)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: FAITHFULNESS
God wants to find you as a faithful steward.
1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. (NKJV)
God will repay your faithfulness.
Matthew 25:23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. (NKJV)
In order to remain faithful towards God, you must be firm in your faith.
Faith in God is your victory.
1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (NKJV)
Walk by faith not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. (NKJV)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: GENTLENESS
Let your gentleness be known to all.
Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. (NKJV)
Possess the same gentleness of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. (NKJV)
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. (NKJV)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: SELF-CONTROL
God has given you a spirit of self-control.
2 Corinthians 10:1 or God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (ESV)
Supplement your faith with self-control.
2 Corinthians 10:1 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness (NKJV)
Titus 1:8 But hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled. (NKJV)
HOW TO PRODUCE GODLY FRUITS
- Spend time with God.
- Learn from Jesus.
- Crucify your passions and desires.
- Live by the Spirit by following Jesus’ example.
- Study each fruit individually and pray to God for guidance and strength.
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I hope you found this post on the fruit of the Spirit helpful. Let me know in the comments below what fruit you’re struggling the most to produce?
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