The Fruit of the Spirit is ________
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
I absolutely love what Paul is doing here; he is setting the stage to clearly explain what a life controlled by the Holy Spirit looks like.
In Galatians 5:19-21- Paul describes a long list of sins that he called “the works of the flesh.” And he says, “those who practices such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Paul’s saying, if these sins define you, if this is your lifestyle then this will keep you from the kingdom.
But then, in vs. 22, Paul says, “BUT…” So he’s contrasting a life defined by the flesh with a life defined by the Spirit.
And he says, “BUT…”
“The fruit of the Spirit is _______”
Notice it says, “the fruit of the Spirit is…”
“Fruit” is singular. It doesn’t say the fruits (plural) of the Spirit are love, joy, peace…
No, but “the fruit of the Spirit is love” it’s singular. You see Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness are all descriptive words, they’re all describing Love. It’s a description of what love should be. It’s a byproduct of love.
If there’s love in my life, there should also be joy and peace and patience… You see the main fruit, or evidence, that the Spirit is in my life is… Love.
It all comes down to love!
Galatians 5:13 says, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word _____”
Guess what that one ward is?
If you had to summarize the law; the law which is 613 commandments found in Exodus through Deuteronomy, it would be love.
You see, If I love God I won’t want to break God’s heart or commandments, and if I love people I won’t want to steal from them, lie to them, or hurt them. That’s why love is a fulfillment of the law.
Love summarizes the Law.
I think we would all agree that Love is much easier said then done.
Jesus said in Luke 6:32, “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.”
You see the real sign that you have supernatural love, a love that can only come from God, is not that you love those who love you or you love those who are easy to love, but that you “bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”
Anyone can love those who are loveable. But the real sign that the Holy Spirit is in you is that you love the people who it’s even hard for the momma to love.
Jesus said, in John 13:35, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
And this type of love will look like Jesus’ love, a sacrificial love, a love that says, “Father forgive them they don’t know what they do.”
Why do we love; why should we love?
“For the Love of Christ compels us,” Paul said.
We love God because He first loved us!
We love others because Christ’s loves is poured out into our hearts toward others. It’s His love that compels us.
If you’re life is defined by the Spirit then you will be a person who is known for loving like Christ.
Let’s be known for our love today!