3254 Holy Spirit, fruit of

3254 Holy Spirit, fruit of

The living presence of the Holy Spirit in believers leads to Christlike virtues within them, just as a living tree will bear good fruit.

God expects his people to bear spiritual fruit

Isa 5:4 See also Mt 7:12-20 “fruit” is a term used to indicate the produce or outcome of a person’s life; Jn 15:8

The fruit of the Spirit leads to believers becoming Christlike

The gift of the Spirit begins this lifelong process 2Co 3:18

Christlike qualities are contrasted with sinful ones Gal 5:16-17 See also Ro 8:5-14; 1Co 12:7; Gal 6:8; Eph 5:8-16; Col 3:1-17

The fruit of Spirit-filled living

Gal 5:22-23 “fruit” is singular, emphasising that these qualities are mutually dependent aspects of Christian living. See also Eph 5:9

Examples of the fruit of the Spirit

Love Ro 5:5; 1Co 13:1-13

Joy Php 1:18-19; 1Th 1:6

Peace Ro 8:6; Ro 14:17

Patience Heb 6:12; Jas 5:7-11

Kindness 2Co 6:6; Col 3:12; 2Pe 1:7

Goodness Ro 15:14; 2Pe 1:5

Faithfulness 1Co 10:13 God’s faithfulness is also here presented as the reason for faithfulness; 3Jn 3

Gentleness Mt 11:29-30 Jesus Christ displays such gentleness; 1Th 2:7

Self-control 2Ti 3:3; 2Pe 1:6

Other evidence of the Holy Spirit’s activity

Ro 14:17 righteousness Hope: Ro 15:13; Gal 5:5
Eph 1:17 wisdom; Eph 5:18 temperance

The evidence of the fruit of the Spirit is a result of divine activity, not of human effort

1Co 3:9,16; Gal 2:20

See also

1035God, faithfulness
2339Christ, example of
2378kingdom of God, characteristics
3020Holy Spirit, joy of
3209Holy Spirit & love
3215Holy Spirit & peace
3233Holy Spirit & sanctification
3278Holy Spirit, indwelling
7966spiritual gifts
8206Christlikeness
8255fruit, spiritual
8258fruitfulness, spiritual