But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
What does this all mean?
Why would God use fruit as a picture to explain what His Spirit creates in those who follow Him?
Let’s break it down.
FRUIT – SPIRIT – IS – LOVE
Colourful and sweet – it tastes good, is vibrant and exciting
Sustenance – it will satisfy your hunger
Cultivation – we need to be proactive in order to grow fruit
Life - the Fruit of the Spirit is living and so will keep going and reproducing even when we pass away. Investing in the Fruit of the Spirit is going to last forever. G Campbell Morgan has a really cool note on this idea...
"Man's work is always an operation in the realm of death. Take the building in which we are gathered. It is useful, necessary, proper, but it could not be erected save as man handled dead materials. The tree in the forest with its rising sap and its budding life was no use to the builder. It must die before man could begin his work.
Fruit is an operation in the realm of life, that mystic fact, which we all know by observation and none of us knows by final analysis and explanation. Life is of God as much in the flowering of a daisy as in the blossoming of stars."
SPIRIT suggests that it’s supernatural, not physical fruit. The closer you get to God the better your fruit grows. Jesus is the light of the World and being near his Spirit causes fruit to grow healthily.
Isn’t is weird that the passage says, ‘the Fruit of the Spirit is…’ rather than ‘the Fruits of the Spirit are…’.
IS suggests that the is one fruit – singular. So why all of the 9 words afterwards? Here’s a thought…
We know that… God IS love. 1 John 4:8
Love is a very inclusive word and contains a lot other attributes within it. We can see this in scripture…
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
What if the one Fruit of the Spirit IS love and then the words which follow break it up and explain its meaning? Joy, peace… are qualities and quantities and flavors of the fruit. Joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control have love at their core. If you have love you have all these things. If you lack love you lack them all.
The one thing in your Bible which is not inspired is the punctuation. If I were writing this text out for myself I would feel I was perfectly warranted in changing the punctuation, and I would read it like this: “The fruit of the Spirit is love; - joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance.”
G Campbell Morgan sermon on Fruits of the Spirit
Jesus wins the victory in our lives completely when we become driven by love.
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G Campbell Morgan (see whole sermon here - seriously it's really good)