“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
The fruit of the Spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit produces these character traits that are found in the nature of Christ. They are the by-products of Christ’s control—we can’t obtain them by trying to get them without his help. If we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our lives to his (see John 15:4-5). We must know him, love him, remember him, and imitate him. As a result, we will fulfil the intended purpose of the law—to love God and our neighbours. Which of these qualities do you want the Spirit to produce in you?
Because of the God, who sent the law, also sent the Spirit, the by-products of the Spirit-filled life are in perfect harmony with the intent of God’s law. A person who exhibits the fruit of the Spirit fulfils the law far better than an individual who observes the rituals but has a little love in his or her heart. (Tyndale Study Bible)
The DOCTRINE of the “TRINITY” means that within the being and activity of the one God there are three distinct persons. Why am I mentioning this? Within God, there are three separate beings. God the Father, the Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Each with their function. The Father Created, the Son Redeems, and the Holy Spirit Sanctifies. They are and act as One.
This scripture refers to the Holy Spirit. More particular the fruits of the Spirit. Before we carry on, what are the fruits of your labour? Your wages or salary. What are the fruits of relationships? Bear this in mind that no fruit comes without work. Sanctification is the process of being made Holy. So then we can say that part of this process is in the words of the scripture. It describes the values of the process. Let’s look at them for a moment.
“Love” – a strong feeling of affection. High interest and pleasure in something. Feel deep affection or sexual love for (someone).
“Joy” – a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
“Peace” – freedom from disturbance; tranquillity. Tranquility, calm, calmness, restfulness, peace and quiet,
“Forbearance” – patient self-control; restraint and tolerance.
“Kindness” – the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
“Goodness” – the quality of being good.
“Faithfulness” – the quality of being faithful; fidelity.
“Gentleness” – is the quality of being kind and careful, having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character.
“Self-control” – the ability to control oneself, in particular, one’s emotions and desires, especially in stressful situations.
Do you think we can be perfect in these words? I think one should pay heed to what the commentator has to say. We must know, love, remember and imitate Him. He is referring to Jesus. The writer is referring to these words. Too much to absorb, in my book. All I can say I fall short of God’s glory. Pay attention to the scripture it says there are no rules against these things. I would like to thank God for the Bible that can teach and remind us daily. Our blueprint for life.
Lord, I pray for perfection in You. Holy Spirit guide me daily in these words and principles. In Jesus name. Amen.”