Paul, in his letter to the church at Galatia, encouraged the believers to practice what they preached. “If we live by the Spirit, let’s also walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25 WEB), he pleaded.
What does that mean? Paul is lyrically clear. He itemizes a lengthy list of desirable traits that are all fruits of the Spirit and drives his point home by pointing out that no law had ever been made against them (Galatians 5:22-23).
Today, God’s followers continue to produce spiritual “fruit.” It’s our natural reaction to being firmly rooted and growing in Him.
The fruit of the Spirit is universally desirable
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The righteous can expect to reap the rewards of their actions
Tell the righteous “Good!” For they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
My connection to Jesus enables me to produce spiritual fruit
I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer. Every branch in me that doesn’t bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
The fruit of righteousness and justice benefit all
He will judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. The mountains shall bring prosperity to the people. The hills bring the fruit of righteousness.
The fruit of the Spirit stands in direct opposition to the deeds of darkness
For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth, proving what is well pleasing to the Lord. Have no fellowship with the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather even reprove them.
My actions are a direct reflection of my relationship with God
Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit.
The Holy Spirit fills us with hope for redemption and makes intercession for us
For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body. In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered.
Peace is a natural byproduct of good spiritual fruit
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
The fruit my Spirit produces leaves no doubt who fills my soul
Can a fig tree, my brothers, yield olives, or a vine figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh water.
All Spiritual fruit comes from Jesus and gives glory to God
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Righteousness and peace stem from trials
All chastening seems for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.