What is the Fruit of the Holy Spirit?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:Â against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV)
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God. The Holy Spirit lives in us after we have believed in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is our helper. God sent the Holy Spirit to help us. The Holy Spirit helps us to live our lives for God so that we will walk on the path of righteousness. According to Galatians 5:22-23, there are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit including love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. If you abide by the Holy Spirit and completely submit to him, you will live out the 9 qualities, the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
The Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Love is the first fruit of the Holy Spirit. Love is the most important commandment in the bible. All the commandments of God in the bible sum up to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and love others as much as you love yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). In 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, Paul said if he speaks in the tongues of men and of angels and have not love, he is a resounding gong or clanging cymbal. If he has a gift in prophesying and can understand all knowledge, and if he has a faith that move mountain yet don’t have love, he is nothing. If he gives all his possessions to the body or surrenders himself to the flames yet don’t have love, he gains nothing. Everything we do must be done with love (John 13:34; Luke 6:27-30). We must serve one another with love. If you love God, you will also love others (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 8:9). If you love others, you will be kind to them. We should do to others what we want others to do to us (Luke 6:31). No matter how terrible the situation is, you must not hate your enemies but always solve the problem with love (Matthew 5:44; Romans 12:14; Romans 12:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:15).
Joy is the second fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fills our hearts with joy. The joy that the world gives is not real joy and is based on the fulfillment of material things. After you have got the material things you want, you may still have worries, frustration and etc. In 1 John 2:15, we should not love the world or anything in the world. If any man who love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Many Christians want money and God at the same time. If you love God, you must put him above your job and money. The world is under the dominion of Satan. Satan can use the things of this world to tempt Christians away from God so that they will not do God’s commandments.
Peace is the third fruit of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins so that our sins can be forgiven and we can have peace with God. God is holy and he does not tolerate sins. The Holy Spirit, who dwells in you, will give you peace. In Romans 5:1, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. In Philippians 4:7, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Jesus Christ. In Romans 8:6, if you set your mind on fulfilling your carnal desire, you will experience spiritual death. If you set your mind on the Holy Spirit, you will have life and peace. In John 14:27, Jesus said he leave his peace with us, his peace he give to us, not as the world give so let our heart not be neither troubled nor afraid. Christians must love and live with one another in peace including our enemies. In Hebrews 12:14, we should make every effort to live in peace with all men. Without holiness, no one shall see the Lord.
Longsuffering is the fourth fruit of the Holy Spirit. Longsuffering means perseverance. Christians must endure and be patient no matter in what situation. No matter how difficult or terrible the task is, you must endure and do it and not grumble. In life, you may face many problems but you must endure it all and always trust in God and let him see you through your problem. God put trials in our lives to strengthen our faith and help us to grow into spiritual maturity (James 1:2-4). In 1 Timothy 4:16, we must watch our lives and doctrine closely and persevere in them. If you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
Gentleness is the fifth fruit of the Holy Spirit. Gentleness means being gentle and kind towards people, animals and handling all situations. In Matthew 10:16, Jesus tells us to be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves because he is sending us into the midst of wolves. In Ephesians 4:2-3, we must be completely humble and gentle, be patient and bearing one another in love. In Philippians 2:14-16, we must do everything without complaining or arguing so that we may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which we will shine like stars in the universe. In Philippians 4:5, we must let our gentleness be known to all men that God is at hand. In Colossians 3:12, as God’s chosen people, we should clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Goodness is the sixth fruit of the Holy Spirit. Goodness is being good and upright according to God’s commandments. Christians should have a heart for righteousness, a heart full of goodness. Christians must be kind, hospitable and generous (Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9; Hebrews 13:2; Titus 1:8; 1 Timothy 3:2; Romans 16:2). When someone needs help, you must not ignore his situation but help him. We must give to those who ask from us or want to borrow from us (Matthew 5:42). When you lend, you must not charge interest (Ezekiel 18:13; Exodus 22:25; Proverbs 28:8; Luke 6:34).Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Faith is the seventh fruit of the Holy Spirit. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, which we don’t see. We are saved by grace, through having faith in Jesus Christ. Because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we are called children of righteousness. Abraham was credited as righteous because he had faith in God’s promises. Abraham is the spiritual father of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 4:9-12).
Meekness is the eigth fruit of the Holy Spirit. Meekness is humble, gentle and submissive. In Matthew 5:5, those who are meek will inherit the earth. In Matthew 11:29, we should take Jesus’ yoke upon us and learn from him for Jesus is meek and lowly in heart. In Romans 12:3, we ought not to be proud and boast and think of ourselves more highly than we ought but according to God’s judgment. In Romans 12:16, we should live in harmony with others. We should not be proud but be willing to associate with those in low position. In 1 Peter 5:6, humble yourself under God’s mighty hand and he will lift you up in due time.
Temperance is the ninth fruit of the Holy Spirit. Temperance is self control. Christians must demonstrate self control no matter in what circumstances. In 2 Peter 1:5-7, we must make every effort to add faith goodness; to goodness knowledge; to knowledge self control; to self control perseverance; to perseverance godliness; to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness love. In Luke 21:19, you will gain life by standing firm. In Titus 1:8, we should be hospitable, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, and temperate. In 1 Peter 4:7, the end of all things is at hand so we must be sober and watch unto prayer. In Proverbs 25:28, he that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down and without walls.
The Holy Spirit Helps Us to Mature in Christ
In Matthew 7:17-20, Jesus said a person can be recognized by his fruits. A good tree bears good tree and a corrupt tree bears evil fruit. You can tell if a person really belongs to God by the spiritual fruits he produces. Christians should do their best to live out the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit. Christians must die to their old selves and renew their minds with God’s words and start living their lives for Jesus.
You can ask the Holy Spirit to help you cultivate the 9 fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will slowly change you into more and more like Jesus Christ if you fully surrender your life to him after believing in Jesus Christ. A Christian should not go on sinning like before. Besides believing in Jesus Christ, you must also follow him and do his commandments. All sinners will go to hell including those who have believed in Jesus Christ. In James 2:10, breaking a commandment is equal to breaking to all of God’s commandments.