The Fruit of the Spirit

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      06/23/19
 
“The Fruit of the Spirit"
Galatians 5:22 – 26
 
INTRODUCTION: Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39). Love God. Love others. Love yourself. How do we do that? We can only love effectively by the power of the Holy Spirit. We need to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) and “if we live by the Spirit” we should “also keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). If we walk in the Spirit, we will bear fruit. Our life and character will reflect Christ and exude love. The Spirit yields fruit that expresses love for God, love for others, and love for ourselves. Paul lists the fruit of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.
 
THE SPIRIT YIELDS THE FRUIT OF LOVE FOR GOD.
 
*The works of the flesh (5:19-21) are contrasted with the fruit of the Spirit (5:22-23). The fruit of the Spirit are the virtues of Christ and the character of the Christian. The indwelling Holy Spirit shapes us to be like Jesus Christ.
 
*The first 3 characteristics express our relationship with God. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace” (5:22).
 
  • Love – love is the source of all the fruit. The Spirit produces love toward God. Love is the basis of all relationships
  • Joy – love toward God creates a joy that is greater than our circumstances.
  • Peace – the Spirit gives us assurance that we are in right relationship with God.
 
THE SPIRIT YIELDS THE FRUIT OF LOVE FOR OTHERS.
 
*The next three fruit reflect our conduct and interactions with other people. “But the fruit of the Spirit is…patience, kindness, goodness” (5:22).
 
  • Patience – It literally means “longsuffering.” The Spirit enables us to endure opposition without retaliation.
  • Kindness – a gentle spirit towards other people. A genuine care and concern for our neighbor.
  • Goodness – kindness expressed in action. The Spirit leads us to help someone in need.
 
THE SPIRIT YIELDS FRUIT OF LOVE FOR OURSELVES.
 
*The Holy Spirit wants us to be like Jesus. The Spirit changes our inner selves to have a character and disposition that is Christ-like. Our character is revealed by what we do and how we live. “But the fruit of the Spirit is…faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (5:22-23).
 
  • Faithfulness – fidelity or trustworthiness is a mark of Christian character.
  • Gentleness - “Meekness” is having a spirit that is submissive to God’s will, teachable, and under control.
  • Self-control – placing our desires, emotions, passions, and appetites under the discipline and restraint of the Holy Spirit.
 
*All the fruit of the Spirit will be present in the life of a Christian who is daily choosing to live for Jesus. The Holy Spirit will change us over time to reflect the character of Christ. “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (5:24-25).
 
If we walk in the Spirit, we will bear fruit.