We will look briefly at the Fruit of the Spirit and see how many people attempt to interpret Galatians 5:22-23, in a way that lacks true understanding. Hopefully, after this article, one will understand the meaning of these verses. As there are some who say that they have not fully developed in the Fruit of the Spirit. However, from this study it is hopeful that one will see the true meaning of the “Fruit.”
In Galatians 5:22-23, it says,
However, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
There are many individuals who believe that each one of the attributes is given separately by one’s spiritual growth. This concept is far from the truth. Heard among believers by statements such as these, “I am still learning to be patient, but I am getting there.” Satan wants one to believe this, but one must reject this concept for each one of these points.
At salvation, our life becomes filled with the Spirit of God. Since now filled with the Spirt, we have all one will ever need, not fragments of Him as some would have one believe.
Now the question is, are we controlled by the Spirit or do we still walk in the flesh. When one reads in Galatians where it says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love,” please note the “fruit” is singular, not plural.
Thus, one should see from this list below that true love is singular with many resulting attributes.
The Fruit of the Spirit is Love
There is Joy
There is Peace
There is Patience
There is Kindness
There is Goodness
There is Faithfulness
There is Gentleness
There is Self-Control
All from this single Fruit – Love.
One cannot have any of these attributes without – Love.
In Galatians 5:16, it says,
However, walk by the Spirit, and one will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Walking by the Spirit will show the Holy Spirit’s love, and one will not be doing the deeds of self-desire.
It now becomes a matter of appropriating the power of the Spirit and allowing Him to live through one’s life. It is our sin nature that hinders His work resulting in a misunderstanding of true love, thus resulting in doing the deeds of the flesh.
Thus, when we stumble and we realize this after the fact we can place the blame on not appropriating the full power of the Spirit by doing the deeds of the flesh.
Results of the Deeds of the Flesh
In Galatians 5:19-21, it says,
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
The deeds of the flesh only bring about unhappiness into one’s life, resulting in misery and despair.
In Galatians 5:14, it says,
For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
True love can only come through the Holy Spirit into our life if one allows this to happen. However, love is not silent when sin rears its ugly head, but is bold and condemns the sin even while loving the sinner.
Be Filled With the Spirit
Copyright Dr. George L Gallant, ©2015
All quotes are from the: New American Standard Bible, 1995.