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Fruit of the Spirit
Bible Passage Galatians 5: 22- 26
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & books Galatians, John.

Fruit of the Spirit

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached February 6, 2024

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

24 Now those who belong to the Messiah Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires.

25 Since we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also be guided.

26 Let’s stop being arrogant, provoking one another and envying one another.

The Gentile Christians in Galatia had believed the good news about Jesus when Paul evangelised them. But some Jewish false teachers had visited them and taught the Christians had to obey the Jewish laws. These laws controlled people. Some of the Christians in Galatia believed the false teachers. Paul was very worried about the Christians. So he wrote this letter to teach them the truth again. He reminded them about the true liberty that Jesus gave.

Paul mentioned nine interrelated virtues as fruit that each Christian must bear in his/her relationship with Jesus. Each of these qualities is part of God’s character. These qualities do not grow in our lives because we work hard. Instead, they are like the good fruit that a tree produces. They come, as we trust Jesus and grow in our relationship with him (John 15:1-17). The Holy Spirit brings these qualities into our lives. He replaces our old character with God’s character.

These virtues are the opposite of our natural desires. They are opposite to the things that Paul wrote about in Gal. 5: 19-21. They lead to good relationships with other people. To ‘love’ means to love in the same way that God loves us. God unselfishly loves us. He cares about us. He always wants us to have what is best for us. We may not like some people. But the Holy Spirit helps us to love them in the same way that God loves them.

Sometimes we have troubles and we feel sad. We may feel worried or afraid. But the Holy Spirit can make us happy and calm in our spirit. Other people may cause trouble for us. We do not need always to oppose them. We can remain calm even when we suffer.

God has been kind and good to us, and the Holy Spirit helps us to be like that towards other people. We can do good deeds. We can be generous and helpful.

When a Christian is loyal, other people can trust him/her. They are honest and will do what God says. Gentle people are never cruel, and they are not proud.

Our natural desires are very strong. And they are often selfish. We may control some of them. Or we may control them for a short time. But we can never completely control them. But the Holy Spirit gives us the power to control all our wrong desires always.

The Jewish law cannot produce these virtues. The people who have these virtues already obey the most important law.

Paul had already explained how he had ‘died’ with Christ (2:20). Christians have God’s power to refuse their wrong desires. They can choose to obey the Holy Spirit. But this is often difficult (verse 17). Nobody can change immediately. In Colossians 3:5-10, Paul described how this happens.

It is important for every Christian and every church member to let the Holy Spirit control us.

💥 Pray that you will overcome the desires of the flesh
💥 Ask God’s intervention and grace to be able to bear good fruits

The way we act and react to our concerns determines who we are in Christ. Our responses to all situations should be guided by the Holy Spirit and the love of God in us.

In series Bright Morning Reflections