The fruit of the Spirit simply is the inner character of Jesus himself that is brought about in us through the process of Christian spiritual formation. It is the outcome of spiritual formation. It is “Christ formed in us.” It is called “fruit” because, like the fruit of trees or vines, it is an outgrowth of what we have become, not the result of a special effort to bear fruit. And we have become “fruitful” in this way because we have received the presence of Christ’s Spirit through the process of spiritual formation, and now that Spirit, interacting with us, fills us with love, joy, peace. . . .
This article makes a really stupendous point: The changed life of a believer lived out is as great a miracle as those who went to Jesus with leprosy and then returned completely clean! From writtenforourinstruction.com……………………..
It is God’s intention that our lives should be a seamless manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22–23). He has made abundant provision for His indwelling our lives in the here and now. Appropriate attention to the care of our souls through His empowerment will yield this rich spiritual fruit and deliver us from the sad list of “deeds of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19–21). We can be channels of the grace of the risen Christ, and through our ministerial activities—speaking, praying, healing, administering—He can minister to others. But we must attend to the means of His grace in practical and specific ways to experience His life into and through our lives.
More and more in our modern world, I see this one trait of true Christians as becoming more highlighted in how much it is lacking in the world (and even among many believers today!). From Stand to Reason…………….
God gave us our emotions, and they are good. But it is important for us to keep our emotions under the control of the Holy Spirit (self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit), and peace works to keep our emotions in line with the Spirit. An insightful article from BiblicalCounselingCenter.org………..
I have enjoyed this series on the fruits of the Spirit from Place for Truth. Lately in the evangelical world, gentleness has been getting a little bit of pushback, people saying that Jesus wasn’t gentle with the moneychangers or the Pharisees. But that is because they were leading the lost sheep of Israel AWAY from God. But for people who needed healing or a better understanding of the character of God, He was gentle…………….