Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:22-23
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law."
There are nine facets of the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is a biblical term that sums up the nine visible attributes of a true Christian life written by Paul in his Letter to the Galatians. Though this references nine attributes to the fruit of the Spirit, the original Greek term translated as "fruit" is singular, signifying that there is one fruit with nine attributes. Therefore, there is no "s" on the word "fruit."
As we live in union with Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit reproduces Christ in us which comes out in the form of our love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.. Fruit is the result of the union of a believer with Christ, and we will be known by the fruit we bear.
- Love: the emotion we feel toward prompting us to want the best for them.
- Joy: the awareness of God's grace and favor.
- Peace: the result of resting in a relationship with God.
- Patience: exhibiting endurance and long-suffering
- Kindness: acting for the good of people regardless of what they do.
- Goodness: demonstrating moral excellence.
- Faithfulness: committing oneself to something or someone.
- Gentleness: being meek
- Self-Control: having command or "mastery over" or possession of, "one's own behavior."
There are also gifts of the Spirit. There is a difference between the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. Fruit depends on the goodness of the individual. The gifts depend on the goodness of the Giver. We are not given fruit. We bear fruit. Just like trees, we bear fruit. An apple tree isn't given apples; it bears the apples.
If you are not bearing fruit, perhaps you are not as connected to Christ as you should be. In the day of judgment we will be judged not by how many gifts of the Spirit we have, but by the fruit we bear.
Do inventory during this Lenten season to evaluate the fruit of the Spirit in your own life.
You are invited to read Lenten lesson for Day 34.