We hear the phrase often, but what exactly does “fruit of the spirit” mean?

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 

To walk in the Spirit means that the Holy Spirit lives in you. You are putting your life in the continual presence in the Spirit of God.  You are abiding with Jesus as a vine abides with a tree.  Take a look at John 15:5 where Jesus explains the relationship between the vine and its branches.  In the same way, we abide by the Holy Spirit.

“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.” John 15:5 

Living in the fruit of the spirit means You are aware of the influence of the Holy Spirit.  As a child of God, you’ll want to shape your life around the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Someone who walks in the Spirit patterns his or her life after Jesus Christ. It is a way of faith.

The opposite of walking in the fruit of the spirit is following the fleshly desires that are second nature to us as human beings.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

But it’s not natural for humankind to live by faith and live a life without sin.  It takes effort, but it’s doable and we’ll get to that in a bit.  Keep reading.  First, let’s dig into the Fruit of the Spirit.

Author: Godfrey Gregg

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