Fruits of the spirit

I’m sure as believers and even some non-believers have at some point in our lives heard or read about the fruit of the Spirit and wondered what it is and how it relates to being a Christian.

The phrase “fruit of the spirit” can be found in Galatians 5:22-23. The apostle Paul has listed nine specific behaviours that we as believers should practice in our daily walk with God, this is the result of the work of the Holy Spirit in a christian’s life. 

The Greek word καρπός that is  translate “fruit” usually means fruit in the sense of edible fruits and vegetables, but it can also be translated as offspring, deed, action, result, or profit. In today’s society, the term fruit is used in reference to a good thing; it can be the result of hard work and careful tending. In our modern days we may use the word “fruit” in a phrase such as the “fruit of our labor” to communicate the results of our effort.

The Understanding of “fruit” in Galatians 5 can mean “deed, action, or result” This will help us to understand and make this verse more personal. The result or the work of the Spirit in a believer’s life is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, gentleness, faiith, meekness and temperance.

How can this manifestation take place?

We have to live a Godly life  bearing the fruits of the Holy Spirit to see that manifestation in our lives.

Our lives should be abundantly fruitful, when we have the Holy Spirit living within us. We are a temple in whom God lives.

I encouraged each and every one that whatever we do let our actions always reflect the fruits of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

Bible Verses on fruits of the Spirit taken from (NIV) New International Version

1.Love

 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:5

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

John13:34

 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14

2. Joy

So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:6

3. Peace

 “Blessed are the peacemakers”, for they will be called the children             of God.  Matthew 5:9

 Pursue peace with everyone, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

4. Patience

 But if we hope for what we do not yet observe, we eagerly wait for it with patience.

Romans 8:25

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4

5. Kindness

 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12

 Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ. Ephesians 4:32

6. Goodness

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

 Galatians 6:10

7. Faithfulness

 “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.

Deuteronomy 28:1

 The faithful man will prosper with blessings, but whoever is in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment.

 Proverbs 28:20

8. Gentleness

To  slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate and always to be gentle toward everyone. Titus 3:2

 With all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us. Ephesians 4:2-3

9. Self control

Instead he must be hospitable, devoted to what is good, sensible, upright, devout, and self-controlled. Titus 1:8

 Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. Proverbs 25:28

Just a few nuggets to  emerse yourself in the Word .

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