The Fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-26
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.

The fruit of the Spirit comes from God and is to be practiced by believers as a result of their relationship with Jesus Christ.  The fruit of the Spirit is produced by the Holy Spirit.  The fruit is singular in number but with nine elements. Galatians 5:22-23:  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
 
Categories of the Fruit of the Spirit:
 
1.  Related to God:
—Love:  A self-sacrificing, self-denying, and Christ-like love, which is the foundation of all other graces.  This is agape love.  All fruit results from agape love.  I Corinthians 13.
—Joy:  Deep, abiding inner rejoicing in the Lord.  Joy comes from the Lord by focusing on Him. Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”  Psalm 95:1: “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.”  Isaiah 51:11: “Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”  Christians have so much to rejoice in and look forward to!
—Peace:  Tranquility of the soul.  Philippians 4:7: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Isaiah 26:3: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
 
2.  Related to Man - Loving others with the love of Christ flowing through us:
—Long suffering: Patient endurance despite provocation. Ephesians 4:1-3: “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
—Gentleness: Gracious, kindly disposition.  2 Corinthians 10:1-3: “Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.”
—Goodness: Beneficence, ready to do good, love in action.  Psalms 107:21: “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” God is good, and He wants us to act benevolently and kindly towards others.
 
3.  Related to Self - Our inner being under God’s sovereign control:
—Faith: Fidelity.  Romans 3:28: “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”  Romans 4:5: “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”  
—Meekness: Controlled strength.  Having a listening ear to hear what God has to say. Galatians 6:1: “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”  1 Peter 3:15: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
—Temperance: Rational restraint of our natural impulses, self control.  These are attitudes and actions that only God can produce as spiritual fruit in believers. 2 Peter 1:5-8: “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
 
The only way to produce the fruit of the Spirit is through a relationship with the Holy Spirit. This involves daily yielding to God. How does one yield to God?  
 
1.  You must deal with known sin on a daily basis.
2.  You must feed on the Word of God.  Psalm 119:105: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
3.  You must pray.  Ask God for help when temptation comes.  1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
4.  You must avoid all appearances of evil.  I Thessalonians 5:22: “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
5.  You must ask other Christians for help.  Galatians 6:1-2: “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
 
We are to produce spiritual fruit, but we cannot do it without God.  We need to walk by faith and allow God to transform us by His grace. Galatians 5:25: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”