HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
There are nine attributes or characteristics that are included in the Fruit of the Spirit. They are called characteristics because they become traits of the one who follows Jesus in their life. And they are called fruit because they’re a product of the tree that they grow from, in this case, Jesus. He is the vine, we are the branches. Refer back to John 15:5.
What are the attributes of a piece of fruit? Paul references to fruit in the singular, meaning they all come together to produce a single work. So when we incorporate each of the nine fruits into our life, we are living out our objective as Christians. That objective is to follow God’s will for our life. This again fulfils God’s commandment to love others as ourselves.