THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 
     
 

MEMORY VERSE: If we love in the Spirit let us also walk in the Spirit. Gal 5:25.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Galatians 5:13-26.

INTRODUCATION: The fruit of the Holy Spirit is the outcome of His dwelling in us and our yielding to Him. (Gal. 5:17-23) gives a sharp contrast between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. The works of the flesh (17 of the them) are the natural outcome of what the Bible calls the “Old man.”
The fruit of the Spirit, on the other hand, is the result of the Holy Ghost acting through the “New creature” that a believer becomes after being born-again. The fruit of the Spirit (9 or them) is spoken of as if it were one to show that the Christian is not complete until he manifests all nine graces.

WHAT IS THE FRUIT?
(Gal. 5:22-23) lists the nine graces that combine to form the one fruit. They are (a) Love. This is divine type of Love (1 Jn. 4:16), (b) Joy. Not the happiness of the world, but deep rooted gladness (Ph. 4:4). (c) Peace. This is the peace of God that completely satisfies (Col. 3:15). (d) Longsuffering. This means patience. (e) Gentleness. This involves kindness and a cool temper. (F) Goodness. This grace makes the Christian full of good works. (g) Faith. Without this grace it is impossible to please God. (h) Meekness. A meek man, is one who never revenges, does not repay evil with evil (11 Tim. 2:25). (i) Temperance. This is self- control as is evidenced by moderation in appetite, dress, and infact in everything. Christ, our example, demonstrated all these nine graces. Therefore we too can do the same if we trust Him for help.

IS IT NECESSARY?
Fruit is necessary (John. 15:2, Luke 13:7-9). The only reason for our existence here after conversion is to bear fruit. The fruitless cannot for long enjoy the privileges of the fruitful. Fruitlessness and favour with God cannot live together. The Lord Jesus Christ is waiting for true fruit from our lives (James 5:7)
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HOW CAN I BEAR THIS FRUIT?
We can only bear the fruit of the Spirit if we are dead to the world and the world is dead to us. Fruit is an outcome of death (Jn. 12:24). If we are not dead to the world and sin, we will merely bring forth the works of the flesh. Many are fruitless because self has not been crucified and so they continue to abide alone. It is only the new life alone that is capable of bringing forth fruit to the glory of God. It is only those who are Spirit-filled who can bear the fruit of the Spirit. 

HOW CAN I KNOW IF I AM SPIRIT-FILLED?
The type of fruit you bear will tell whether or not you are Spirit-filled. The Bible says that by their fruits we shall know them (Matt. 12:33). Also in (Num. 13:26), the spies showed the fruit of Canaan to prove that it was a good land. Grapes do not bear figs (Matt. 7:16-20). Neither will a Spirit-filled life exhibit cursing, bitterness, envy and immorality.

WHO IS THE SOURCE OF THE FRUIT?

The source of the fruit of the Spirit is God Himself (Hos. 14:8). We cannot bear fruit on our own effort. We need Jesus’ help (Jn. 15:4). The saints abound in fruit as he is rooted and grounded in Christ (Eph. 3:17-18). Without Christ we can do nothing. God is the source of all goodness. Are you fruitful? Do you wish to be fruitful? “Call upon Me, “Says God,” and I will answer you.” Call on Him now and you will start to bear fruit.

QUESTIONS
1. What are the 9 graces that comprise the fruit of the Spirit?
2. Why do some Christians remain fruitless?
3. How can a Christian bear fruit?
4. How would you know a Spirit- Filled Christian?

FURTHER READINGS: The following passages will tell you more about the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Matt. 21:34, Col.1:10, 1 Cor. 13, Jere. 2:3.

 
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