“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
As we yield to the Holy Spirit that lives inside of us, our lives will be filled with His fruit. If we bear fruit, it is nothing that we have done, but the Spirit that lives within us.
Notice that the Scripture says “fruit of the Spirit” and not fruits. Paul describes a nine-fold fruit which attributes are found in someone who truly walks in the Spirit. Think of an orange with nine pieces inside. In order to have the entire fruit, all nine pieces must be displayed.
As we become a new creature in Christ and begin to grow in Him, our life transforms into His image as we bear the fruit of the Spirit. However, we either have the Fruit of the Spirit of we do not. We cannot pick and choose. If we leave out even one of the qualities, we do not have the Fruit of the Spirit.
If we do not have love, we have no fruit.
If we do not have joy, we have no fruit.
If we do not have peace, we have no fruit.
If we do not have longsuffering, we have no fruit.
If we do not have gentleness, we have no fruit.
If we do not have goodness, we have no fruit.
If we do not have faith, we have no fruit.
If we do not have meekness, we have no fruit.
If we do not have temperance, we have no fruit.
To have the Fruit of the Spirit, we must be connected to the right Source. Jesus Christ Himself explains this in John 15:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.“
There is no fruit without the branches, and there are no branches without the Vine. We cannot bear fruit on our own; for it is not our fruit in the first place, it belongs to Him. In order to bear fruit, we must abide in Him.
Abide in Him today, and be filled with the Fruit of the Spirit.
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