Fruits of the Holy Spirit
As children of God, we are trees of righteousness that have been planted
by the Lord to produce fruit.
"That they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of
the LORD, that he might be glorified."
"Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in
the courts of our God."
· Christians are trees of righteousness able to produce spiritual
fruit, produced in season.
"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that
bringeth forth his fruit in his season."
· Christians produce Good Fruit.
"Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit."
· Christians bring forth the nine good fruits of the Spirit:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
· These nine Fruits of the Spirit are:
1. Love - charity
4. Longsuffering - patience
7. Faith or Faithfulness - trusting God and being trustworthy
8. Meekness - humility
9. Temperance - self control
· Fruit is produced through a process.
It is the result of:
a. The formulation process.
Fruit is formed when pollen passes in the blossom from the stigma to the
pistil. The pistil experiences a change and becomes the three parts of
the fruit namely:
The outer skin.
The juicy part of the flesh.
The seed, to ensure more fruit later.
Similarly the Holy Spirit brings forth the nine fruits of the Spirit
from the deep area of our spirit. They are manifest within the three parts
of our Soul, namely:
The Emotions and
These fruits are produced, enjoyed and because there seed is within them
they are reproduced over and over again.
b. The cultivation process.
In the process of cultivating fruit, five things take place:
1. The blossom should be protected from hurt or damage.
2. The tree must be nurtured and fed with nutrients like water and fertilizer.
3. The branches must be pruned to regulate growth and increase fruit production.
4. The fruit must be protected from insects or storm.
5. The fruit must be harvested and enjoyed when it is ripe.
To ensure successful spiritual fruit production, Christians need to be
totally yielded to God as trees of righteousness, in total submission
to God and the Ministry of the Church. The Ministry of the Church helps
the process of cultivating, protecting, nurturing, producing and increasing
the wonderful fruits of the Holy Spirit, in the lives of Christians.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists;
and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for
the edifying of the body of Christ:
· The following five things will enhance the quality of these
spiritual fruits in our lives and carefully protect them from any form
1. Spending time in Gods Word.
2. Spending time in prayer.
3. Spending time in fasting.
4. Submitting to authority and discipline within the Church.
5. Enjoying the fellowship of other Christians. This daily rubbing shoulders
together with them, like stones that are rubbed together, causes a smoothing
away of the rough edges. (Fruits like love, patience and gentleness are
produced in us, as a result of the rubbing process)
· We must be totally dedicated and committed to producing the
Fruits of the Spirit.
2 Timothy 2:6
"The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits."
The Fruits of the Spirit are manifested in three ways:
"For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness
1. In goodness.
We may eat and enjoy these fruits and they will have a healthy,
tasteful and spiritual effect upon others.
2 In righteousness.
These fruits are of the highest quality, being a God-kind of fruit, bringing
forth righteousness in our lives and others.
3. In truth.
These fruits are of a specific type with their own identity and purpose.
· All fruits are seasonal.
"And as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh
upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up."
All fruits are produced and harvested in season.
These specific seasons of spiritual fruit production are:
1. In times of well doing.
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall
reap, if we faint not."
2. In seasons of trials and temptations.
1 Peter 1:6-7
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye
are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold
3. In times of chastening.
"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:
nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness
unto them which are exercised thereby."
· We are to be prosperous, fruit bearing trees at all times and
in all situations:
In times of fear - we must produce love
In times of mourning and sadness -we must produce joy.
In times of storm - we must produce peace.
In times of impatience - we must produce patience.
In times of aggression - we must produce gentleness.
In times of evil - we must produce goodness.
In times of doubt - we must produce faith and faithfulness.
In times of pride - we must produce meekness.
In times of over-indulgence - we must produce temperance.
· These nine Fruits of the Spirit are divided into three groups
Each group of three is manifested in one of the three areas of the Soul
of the Believer, namely:
In our Emotions - Love
In our Intellect - Patience
In our Will - Faith/Faithfulness
· The nine Fruits of the Spirit have three different effects upon
ours lives and others:
1. They give enjoyment - each fruit has its own unique spiritual
2. They give nourishment - each fruit feeds spiritual lives with
3. They give health - each fruit has different spiritual vitamins to
overcome different spiritual diseases.
That is why we, as well as others around us, need all the Fruits of the
Spirit to satisfy and help us.
· The fruits of the Spirit reveal the Spirit within us.
The Fruits of the Spirit express and demonstrates our Godly nature. A
Godly nature is subjected to a spirit that is controlled by the Holy Spirit.
The works of the flesh reveal a fleshly or carnal nature.
By observing the actions of a person, we can know their nature:
a. The works of the flesh reveal a carnal nature:
This is a person walking in the flesh.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery,
fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings.
b. The fruits of the Spirit reveal a spiritual nature:
Because Christians have a spiritual nature, they walk in the Spirit.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
23 Meekness, temperance:
If the actions of a Christian reveal the works of the flesh, they need
their carnal nature to be changed to a spiritual one.
It is done by following these six steps:
1. Identify the actions of the flesh.
2. Admit and confess that they are carnal and sinful.
3. Declare that they are unwanted.
4. Reckon them dead and mortify them.
5. Put them off. (Putting off the old man)
6. Replace them with new actions of the Spirit. (Putting on the new man)
"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin."
9 Seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the
image of him that created him
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord
The nine fruits of the Spirit are given to produce new behavior in our
lives. This new behavior is manifest when the fruits the spirit becoming
the deeds of righteousness.
These deeds are our righteous garment of fine linen:
"And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen,
clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints."
There are three important aspects of this garment:
1. It is the garment we are counseled to buy:
"I counsel thee to buy of me white raiment
that thou mayest
be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;"
2. It is the overcomers garment:
"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment;"
3. It is a garment we should keep unspotted by the flesh:
"Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth
his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to
keep himself unspotted from the world."
· Let us focus on the nine Fruits of the Spirit individually:
1. The fruit of Love.
The Greek word for this kind of love is "agape" and means a
"God kind of love."
a. This fruit comes about by the work of the Holy Spirit.
"Because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy
Ghost which is given unto us."
b. It proceeds from out of our emotions.
1 Peter 1:22
"See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:"
c. This love brings stability to our emotions.
"That ye, being rooted and grounded in love."
d. This love helps us to be obedient to God and do His commandments.
"For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself."
· This fruit is clearly shown:
1 Corinthians 13:2-8
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth
not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily
provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth
8 Charity never faileth:
This love is:
It removes envy.
It removes pride.
It behaves with dignity.
It behaves unselfishly.
It doesn't wish harm to anyone or rejoice in their harm.
It rejoices in reality and truth.
It is strong, believing, hopeful and enduring.
Every time we act in faith, this fruit works.
"But faith, which worketh by love."
Every time we speak the truth, this fruit works.
"But speaking the truth in love"
This fruit of Love, is a gift wrapping of the good things we give to
There should never be a deficiency of this fruit in our lives.
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted
and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and
length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might
be filled with all the fulness of God.
It should continuously increase in our lives.
1 Thessalonians 3:12
"And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward
It should always be fervent and hot in us.
1 Peter 1:22
"Unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another
with a pure heart fervently:"
It will be an anchor, keeping us in stormy times.
"Keep yourselves in the love of God."
This fruit of the Spirit is dynamic in five ways:
1. It will never focus on the sins or wrong doings of others.
1 Peter 4:8
"For charity shall cover the multitude of sins."
2. It will overcome all opposition and obstacles.
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse
you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which
despitefully use you, and persecute you."
3. It will always endure and be real.
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave
to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour
preferring one another;
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
4. It will be compassionate and meet the needs of those in need.
1 John 3:17
"But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have
need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how
dwelleth the love of God in him?"
5. It will meet the ultimate test of Martyrdom.
1 John 3:16
"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his
life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the
Gods love is perfected in us.
It makes us more like Jesus.
1 John 4:12
"If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected
7. The Fruit of Joy.
Our bodies are capable of experiencing pleasure. Our minds and emotions
can experience happiness, but it is only the spirit of man that experiences
The real nature of joy is spiritual. Pleasure and happiness occur as
a result of certain circumstances, but a child of God experiences joy
in all circumstances.
17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in
the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield
no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be
no herd in the stalls:
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
God is the source of a Christians joy.
"Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy:"
God anoints us with joy.
"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty
for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning."
The joy of the Lord is our strength.
"For the joy of the LORD is your strength."
The joy of the Lord gives us direction
It is interesting to note that a pilot flies a plane with a joystick,
which steers and gives it direction. The course and direction of a Believers
life is always joy.
There are five different degrees of joy namely:
1. When we receive Gods Word the first time, it launches us into a new
and continuous experience of joy.
"And thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart:"
"For the kingdom of God is joy in the Holy Ghost.
2. This joy greatly increases.
1 Peter 4:13
"Ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
"And these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy
fulfilled in themselves."
3. It becomes unspeakable.
1 Peter 1:8
"Ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:"
4. We become full of joy.
1 John 1:4
"And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full."
"In thy presence is fullness of joy;"
5. This joy is without end.
"And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with
songs and everlasting joy upon their heads:"
3. The fruit of Peace.
God is a God of peace and it is His desire, that we experience peace.
"And the God of peace shall be with you."
1 Corinthians 7:15
"But God hath called us to peace."
The Hebrew word for peace is "Shalom" and it means to experience
completeness and wholeness, knowing all is well.
This peace enables us to experience specific things.
"If thou hadst known, the things which belong unto thy peace!
We can experience these specific things.
"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace and
things wherewith one may edify another."
We experience this peace with God in six ways:
1. By being justified.
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ:"
The partition of sin between God and us has been broken down.
2. In the Holy Spirit.
"For the kingdom of God is peace in the Holy Ghost."
3. In our dwelling place.
"Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces."
4. By peace ruling within our hearts.
We know that when we make decisions and feel peaceful about them, we are
making the right decisions.
"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts."
5. By it protecting and securing us.
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
The word keep means to "protect'.
6. By our ministry and spiritual armor.
"And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;"
We experience this peace in five different degrees:
a. Our peace is like a river.
It is refreshing and continuously flows.
"Then had thy peace been as a river."
b.This peace can multiply and intensify.
1 Peter 1:2
"Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied."
c. It can be great peace.
"And great shall be the peace of thy children."
d. It can be a perfect peace.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:"
e. It can go beyond the human mind and natural thinking.
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding."
4. The fruit of Longsuffering.
Longsuffering is also known as patience.
The fruit of Patience is the God-given ability, to wait for things to
come to pass and to endure trouble or adversity.
"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that
tribulation worketh patience;"
Paul said that patience is easily recognizable.
2 Timothy 3:10
"But thou hast fully known my patience."
Patience effects our spiritual lives in five ways:
a. It helps us to effectively run our spiritual race.
"And let us run with patience the race that is set before us."
We patiently do all that is necessary to prepare for, run and complete
our spiritual race.
b. By patience we experience the promises of God.
Paul patiently endured persecution to receive Gods promises.
6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God,
unto our fathers:
7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and
c. By patience we enter into our spiritual rest.
"Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering
into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it."
d. By patience we continue in well doing.
"And let us not be weary in well doing."
e. By patience we complete our work for God.
"For in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
5. The fruit of Gentleness.
The Greek word for this gentleness is "Chrestotes" and means
This kindness manifests in two ways:
a. Kindness is speaking good words to others.
"And in her tongue is the law of kindness."
b. Kindness is doing good deeds for others.
"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children."
It is treating others the way we wish to be treated.
"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."
Paul tells us to have kindness.
"Put on therefore kindness."
Kindness should continuously flow from our lives.
"But my kindness shall not depart from thee."
Here are at least six aspects of kindness, and it is:
1. Feeding the hungry.
2. Clothing the naked.
3. Speaking words of encouragement and comfort to the hurting.
4. Lending to the poor.
5. Taking care of destitute orphans, widows, the aged and the homeless.
6. Sharing someone's workload or burdens.
6. The fruit of Goodness.
Goodness can be defined as excellence of moral character and behavior.
Only the Godhead can measure up to that perfect definition.
"And Jesus said unto him, why callest thou me good? There is none
good but one, that is, God."
"The LORD God, abundant in goodness."
Gods' goodness is manifest in three ways:
1. God thinks good thoughts.
"How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!"
2. God takes good decisions.
"But God meant it unto good."
3. God does good things.
"How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things
to them that ask him?"
The six purposes of goodness:
a. Goodness manifests God because God is good.
"Oh how great is thy goodness."
b. Goodness overcomes evil.
"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
c. It causes people to delight in Gods goodness.
"And delighted themselves in thy great goodness."
d. Goodness gives us a testimony to remember.
9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless
e. Goodness keeps us motivated and going.
"I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the
LORD in the land of the living."
f. Goodness leads others to repentance.
"That the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?"
7. The fruit of Faith or faithfulness.
Faith and faithfulness are like two sides of the same coin and are inter-dependant.
A. Faith is total dependence on God.
The Biblical definition of Faith is:
"Totally trusting that God will do what He said He would do and taking
Him at His word."
"And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able
also to perform."
Faith grows and we can experience at least three different degrees of
growth within our lives:
a. Every believer experiences a small measure of faith.
"According as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."
b. We grow into greater measures of faith.
"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:"
c. We can experience great faith.
"I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."
B. Faithfulness is being dependable to God and man.
We are to be faithful in all things:
"He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much:"
We are to faithful in six ways:
1. We are to be faithful in our smallest duties.
2. We are to be faithful in keeping promises.
3. We are to be faithful in paying our debts.
4. We are to be faithful in keeping all commitments.
5. We are to be faithful in being on time.
6. We are to be faithful stewards of all that God Has given us.
Moses was an example of faithfulness.
"Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful
in all his house."
There are three things we need to know about faithfulness:
1. God examines our hearts for faithfulness.
"And foundest his heart faithful before thee."
2. Gods' eyes are upon the faithful.
"Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land."
3. God rewards those who are faithful.
"If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon,
who will commit to your trust the true riches?"
"A faithful man shall abound with blessings:"
8. The fruit of Meekness.
The Greek word for meekness is "praotes" and means humility.
Meekness is not weakness. It is a demonstration of strength.
Moses was one of Gods greatest servants of all time, yet he was the meekest
of all men upon the face of the earth.
"Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon
the face of the earth."
In humility we experience six things:
a. It is brought about by a broken heart and contrite spirit.
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite
heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."
b. Humility accepts God's sovereignty, authority, discipline and bows
in submission to God.
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you
c. Paul instructs us to follow after humility.
1 Timothy 6:11
"But thou, O man of God follow after meekness."
d. We are to be clothed in humility.
"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, meekness."
4. We are to walk in humility.
"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk
with all lowliness and meekness."
5. We are to experience all aspects of humility.
"To be gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men."
Humility is manifest within our:
9. The fruit of Temperance.
The word temperance can be better described as self-control.
People lose control and are over indulging in many areas of their lives.
They are in desperate need of self-control and this, is vividly described
by the Apostle Peter:
1 Peter 4:3
"For the time past of our life when we walked in lasciviousness,
lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:"
Jesus predicted that in the last days, men would live that way.
26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days
of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank.
Self-control is the fruit of the Spirit that protects the Believer from
reckless and riotous living.
"He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is
broken down, and without walls."
Self-control is like a wall around our soul and spirit. It regulates and
controls what goes in and what comes out.
Temperance is three things:
1. Temperance is a measurement system.
By temperance we measure if something is sufficient or excessive, in or
out of control.
2. Temperance is a management system.
Paul teaches that by self-control, we clearly know how much we need and
by that we discipline our lives.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere
and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both
to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.
2 Peter 1:6
"Ad to knowledge temperance;"
The knowledge we receive from God, helps us to exercise self-control in
3. Temperance is a striving for mastery.
1 Corinthians 9:25
"And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all
Mastery is the demonstration of self-control in all the areas of our life.
Mastery is the trophy of self-control.
By producing the fruits of the Spirit, we experience a true sense of
their immense value to ourselves and to others.
It makes us realize how indebted we are to the Holy Spirit for them.
NINE FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT QUESTIONARE
1. As trees of righteousness, what do we produce?
2. What are the nine fruits of the Spirit?
3. What are the two parts of producing fruit?
4. What five things will enhance the quality of spiritual fruit?
5. In what three ways are the fruits of the Spirit manifested?
6. Name three specific times of spiritual fruit production?
7. In what three areas of the Believer are the fruits manifested?
8. In what three ways do these fruits affect us?
9. What do the works of the flesh reveal?
10. What do the fruits of the Spirit reveal?
11. What four things change us from the flesh to the spirit?
12. What are the five different degrees of joy?
13. What are the six ingredients of peace?
14. What are the six aspects of kindness?
15. In what three ways is goodness manifest?
16. What three things do we need to know about faithfulness?
17. What six things do we experience in humility?
18. What three things is temperance?
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