THE NINE FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Christians are trees of righteousness that have been
planted by the Lord to produce fruit.
"That they might be called trees of
righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might
"Those that be planted in the house
of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God."
Christians are trees of righteousness able to produce spiritual fruit
"And he shall be like a tree planted
by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit
in his season."
Christians should produce Good Fruit.
"Even so every good tree bringeth forth
Christians should bring forth the
nine fruits of the Spirit:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
These are the nine Fruits of the Spirit:
7. Faith or Faithfulness
9. Self control
Fruit is produced by a twofold process:
a. Fruit is formulated.
b. Fruit is cultivated.
a. The formulation process.
Fruit is formed when pollen passes
in the blossom from the stigma to the pistil. The pistil
experiences a change and becomes the three parts of
the fruit namely:
The outer skin.
The juicy part of the flesh.
The seed to ensure the reproduction of more fruit later.
Similarly the Holy Spirit brings forth
the nine fruits of the Spirit from the deep area of
our spirit and they are manifest within and through
the three parts of our Soul, namely:
The Intellect ,
The Emotions and
These fruits are produced, enjoyed
and because there seed is within them they are reproduced
over and over again.
b. The cultivation process.
In the process of cultivating fruit
five things take place:
1. The blossoms should be protected from hurt or damage.
2. The tree must be nurtured and fed with nutrients and water.
3. The branches must be pruned to regulate growth and increase fruit production.
4. The fruit must be protected from insect or storm damage.
5. The fruit must be harvested and enjoyed when it is ripe.
To ensure successful spiritual fruit
production, Christians need to be totally yielded to
God as trees of righteousness. They must be in total
submission to God and the Ministry of the Church. The
Ministry of the Church helps the process of cultivating,
protecting, nurturing, producing and increasing the
wonderful fruits of the Holy Spirit, in the lives of
"And he gave some, apostles; and some,
prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and
For the perfecting of the saints, for
the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body
The following five things will enhance
the quality of spiritual fruit in our lives and prevent
1. Spending time in Gods Word.
2. Spending time in prayer.
3. Spending time in fasting.
4. Submitting to authority and discipline within the Church.
5. Enjoying the fellowship of other Christians. This daily rubbing shoulders together
with Christians is like stones that are rubbed together.
It causes a smoothing away of the rough edges. (Fruits
like love, patience and gentleness are produced)
We must be totally dedicated and committed
to producing the Fruits of the Spirit.
2 Timothy 2:6
"The husbandman that laboureth >must be first partaker of the
The Fruits of the Spirit are manifested
in three ways:
"For the fruit of the Spirit is in
all goodness and righteousness and truth:"
We may eat and enjoy
these fruits and they will also have a tasteful,
healthy, spiritual effect
fruits are of the highest quality, being a God-kind
of fruit, bringing forth righteousness in our lives
fruits are of a specific type with their own uniqueness
All fruits are produced and harvested
"And as the hasty fruit before the
summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while
it is yet in his hand he eateth it up."
The specific seasons of spiritual fruit
In times of well doing.
"And let us not be weary in well doing >: for in due season we shall reap,
if we faint not."
In seasons of trials and temptations.
1 Peter 1:6-7
"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are
in heaviness through manifold temptations. That the
trial of your faith , being much more precious
than of gold that perisheth."
In times of chastening.
"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:
nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable
fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised
We are to be prosperous, fruit bearing
trees at all times and in all situations:
In times of fear - we should produce
In times of mourning and sadness -we
should produce joy.
In times of storm - we should produce
In times of impatience - we should
In times of aggression - we should
In times of evil - we should produce
In times of doubt - we should produce
faith and faithfulness.
In times of pride - we should produce
In times of over-indulgence - we should
The nine Fruits of the Spirit are
divided into three groups of three:
Each group of three is manifested in
one of the three areas of the Soul of the Believer,
In our Emotions - Love
In our Intellect - Patience
In our Will - Faith/Faithfulness
- Self control
The nine Fruits of the Spirit have
three different effects upon ours lives and others:
1. They give enjoyment > - each fruit has its own unique spiritual taste.
2. They give nourishment - each
fruit produces spiritual nourishment.
3. They give health - each fruit
counteracts spiritual sickness.
That is why we and others need all
the Fruits of the Spirit to satisfy and help us.
The fruits of the Spirit reveal
what Spirit is within us.
The Fruits of the Spirit express and
demonstrate the presence of the Holy Spirit in us.
The works of the flesh reveal a fleshly
or carnal nature.
By observing the actions of a person,
we can know what their nature is:
a. The works of the flesh reveal
a carnal nature:
This is a person who is dominated by
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest,
which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance,
emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings."
b. The fruits of the Spirit reveal
a spiritual nature:
Christians have a spiritual nature
and they may walk in the Spirit.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
If the actions of a Christian reveal
a carnal nature, it can be changed.
This is done by following these
1. Identify the actions of the flesh
2. Admit and confess that they are carnal and sinful.
3. Declare that they are unwanted.
4. Reckon them dead and mortify them.
5. Put them off. (Putting off the old man)
6. Replace them with new actions of the Spirit. (Putting on the new man)
"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves
to be dead indeed unto sin."
"Seeing that ye have put off the old
man with his deeds ...
And have put on the new man, which
is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus."
The nine fruits of the Spirit are
given to produce new behavior in our lives.
This new behavior is manifest when
the fruits of the Spirit become actual deeds of righteousness.
These deeds become the Christians righteous
garment of fine linen:
"And to her was granted that she should
be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine
linen is the righteousness of saints."
There are three important aspects of
1. It is the garment we are counseled
"I counsel thee to buy of me white
raiment ... that thou mayest be clothed, and that the
shame of thy nakedness do not appear;"
2. It is the overcomers garment:
"He that overcometh, the same shall
be clothed in white raiment;"
3. It is a garment we should keep
unspotted by the flesh:
"Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed
is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest
he walk naked, and they see his shame.
"Pure religion and undefiled before
God and the Father is this, to keep himself unspotted
from the world."
Let us focus on each of the nine Fruits of the Spirit:
The Greek word for this kind of love is "agape >".
It means a "God kind of love ."
a. It comes from the Holy Spirit.
"Because the love of God is shed
abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is
given unto us."
b. It affects our heart and emotions.
1 Peter 1:22
"See that ye love one another with
a pure heart fervently:"
c. This love brings stability to
"That ye, being rooted and grounded
Paul describes this love:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind;
charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is
not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh
not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth
in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things,
hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth:"
This love is:
Doesn't take offence.
Thinks good thoughts.
It doesn't wish harm to anyone or rejoice
in their harm.
It rejoices in reality and truth.
It is strong, believing, hopeful and
It should be the foundation of who
we are and what we do:
"But faith, which worketh by love."
"But speaking the truth in love"
"That ye being rooted and grounded in love."
It should continuously increase
in our lives.
1 Thessalonians 3:12
"And the Lord make you to increase
and abound in love one toward another."
It should always be fervent and
hot in us.
1 Peter 1:22
"See that ye love one another fervently:"
It will be an anchor and keep us
through difficult times.
"Keep yourselves in the love of God."
Love is dynamic in four ways:
It never focuses on the negative.
"For charity shall cover the
multitude of sins."
2.It overcomes opposition and obstacles.
"Love your enemies, bless them that
curse you, do good to them that
hate you, and pray for them
which despitefully use you, and
3. It is compassionate and helps those in
"But whoso hath this world's
good, and seeth his brother have need,
and shutteth up his bowels
from him, how dwelleth
>the love of God in him?"
4. It will meet the ultimate test of Martyrdom.
"Hereby perceive we the love
of God, because he laid down his life for
us: and we ought to lay down
our lives for the brethren."
Gods love is perfected in us.
It makes us more like Jesus.
1 John 4:12
"If we love one another, God
dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us."
Our bodies are capable of experiencing
Our minds and emotions may experience
It is the spirit of man that experiences joy.
Pleasure and happiness occur as a result
A child of God experiences joy
in all circumstances.
"Although the fig tree shall not blossom,
neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the
olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat;
the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there
shall be no herd in the stalls:
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy >in the God of my salvation."
God is the source of a Christian's
"Then will I go unto the altar of God,
unto God my exceeding joy:"
God anoints us with joy.
"To appoint unto them that mourn in
Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of
joy for mourning."
The joy of the Lord is our strength.
"For the joy of the LORD is your strength."
It is interesting to note that a pilot
flies a plane with a joystick, which steers and
gives it direction.
Joy always sets the course for Christians
and gives them direction.
There are five different degrees
of joy namely:
1. When we receive Gods Word the first
>It launches us into a new and continuous
experience of joy.
"And thy word was unto me the joy and
rejoicing of mine heart:"
"For the kingdom of God is joy in the
2. This joy increases and becomes exceeding
1 Peter 4:13
"Ye may be glad also with exceeding
"And these things I speak in the world,
that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves."
3. It becomes unspeakable.
1 Peter 1:8
"Ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and
full of glory:"
4. We experience the full measure joy.
1 John 1:4
"And these things write we unto you,
that your joy may be full."
"In thy presence is fullness of joy;"
5. This joy is unending.
"Everlasting joy shall be upon their
God is a God of peace and He desires
that we experience peace.
"And the God of peace shall be with
1 Corinthians 7:15
"But God hath called us to peace."
The Hebrew word for peace is "Shalom" >and it means to experience completeness
and wholeness, knowing all is well.
There are six things that bring about
"If thou hadst known, the things which
belong unto thy peace!
"Let us therefore follow after the
things which make for peace."
1. Being justified.
"Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:"
The partition of sin between God and
us has been broken down.
2. Having fellowship with the Holy
"For the kingdom of God is peace in
the Holy Ghost."
3. A Godly home.
"Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity
within thy palaces."
4. Letting peace direct our decisions.
We know that when we make decisions
and feel peaceful about them, we are making the right
"And let the peace of God rule in your
5. Enjoying the protection of mental
and emotional peace.
"And the peace of God, which passeth
all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus."
The word keep means to "protect'.
6. Experiencing the peace of being
protected in all circumstances.
"And your feet shod with the preparation
of the gospel of peace;"
We experience this peace in five different
a. Our peace is like a river.
It is refreshing and continuously flows.
"Then had thy peace been as a river."
b. It increases.
1 Peter 1:2
"Peace, be multiplied."
c. It can be great.
"And great shall be the peace of thy
d. > It can be a perfect.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:"
e. It can go beyond the human mind
and natural thinking.
"And the peace of God, which passeth
Longsuffering is also known as patience >.
The fruit of Patience is the God-given
ability to wait for things to come to pass and to endure
trouble or adversity.
"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations
also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;"
A Christians patience can be recognized
2 Timothy 3:10
"But thou hast fully known my patience."
Patience helps us in five ways:
a. It helps us to effectively prepare
for, run and finish our spiritual race.
"And let us run with patience the race
that is set before us."
b. It helps us endure persecution and
receive Gods promises.
"And now I stand and am judged
for the hope of the promise made of God, unto our fathers:"
c. By patience we enter into our spiritual rest.
"Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise
being left us of entering into his rest, any of you
should seem to come short of it."
d. By patience we continue in well doing.
"And let us not be weary in well doing."
e. By patience we complete our work for God.
"For in due season we shall reap, if
we faint not."
The Greek word for this gentleness is "Chrestotes >".
It means "kindness."
This kindness manifests in two ways:
a. Kindness is speaking good words
"And in her tongue is the law of kindness."
b. Kindness is doing good deeds
"If ye then, being evil, know how to
give good gifts unto your children."
It is treating others the way we wish
to be treated.
"And as ye would that men should do
to you, do ye also to them likewise."
Christians should always be kind.
"Put on therefore kindness."
"But my kindness shall not depart from
Kindness is at least six things:
1. Feeding the hungry.
2. Clothing the naked.
3. Speaking words of encouragement and comfort to the hurting.
4. Lending to the poor.
5. Taking care of destitute orphans, widows, the aged and the homeless.
6. Sharing someone's workload or burden.
Goodness can be defined as excellence
of moral character and behavior.
Only the Godhead can measure up to
that perfect definition.
"And Jesus said unto him, why callest
thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God."
"The LORD God, abundant in goodness."
God manifests His goodness in three
1. God thinks good thoughts.
"How precious also are thy thoughts
unto me, O God!"
2. God makes good decisions.
"But God meant it unto good."
3. God does good things.
"How much more shall your Father which
is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"
God allows us to partake of His goodness.
There are six purposes of goodness:
a. Goodness manifests God because God
"Oh how great is thy goodness."
b. Goodness overcomes evil.
"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome
evil with good."
c. > Goodness enables us to experience the good works of God.
"The LORD is good to all: and his tender
mercies are over all his works.
All thy works shall praise thee, O
LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
d. It causes us to delight in Gods
"And delighted themselves in thy great
e. Goodness keeps us motivated and
"I had fainted, unless I had believed
to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living."
f. Goodness leads people to repentance.
"That the goodness of God leadeth thee
Faith and faithfulness are like two
sides of the same coin and are inter-dependant.
A. Faith is total dependence on
The Biblical definition of Faith is:
"And being fully persuaded that, what
he had promised, he was able also to perform."
There are at least three different
degrees of Faith:
a. Every believer experiences a small
measure of faith.
"According as God hath dealt to every
man the measure of faith."
b. We may grow into greater measures
"For therein is the righteousness of
God revealed from faith to faith:"
c. We can experience great faith.
"I have not found so great faith, no,
not in Israel."
B. Faithfulness is being dependable.
>God can depend on us.
>People can depend on us.
>We are faithful in all things.
"He that is faithful in that which
is least is faithful also in much:"
We are to be faithful in:
1. The smallest duties.
2. Keeping promises.
3. Paying our debts.
4. Keeping all commitments.
5. Being on time.
6. Stewardship of all that God Has
Moses was an example of faithfulness.
"Who was faithful to him that appointed
him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house."
There are three things we need to
know about faithfulness:
1. God examines our hearts for faithfulness.
"And foundest his heart faithful before
2. Gods' eyes are upon the faithful.
"Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful
of the land."
3. God rewards those who are faithful.
"If therefore ye have not been faithful
in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust
the true riches?"
"A faithful man shall abound with blessings:"
The Greek word for meekness is "praotes"
and means humility.
Meekness is not weakness. It is a demonstration
Moses was one of Gods greatest servants
because he was the meekest man upon the face of the
"Now the man Moses was very meek, above
all the men which were upon the face of the earth."
In humility we experience six things:
a. A broken heart and contrite spirit.
"The sacrifices of God are a broken
spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt
b. God's sovereignty, authority and
discipline bowing in submission to God.
"Humble yourselves in the sight of
the Lord, and he shall lift you up."
c. Following after humility.
1 Timothy 6:11
"But thou, O man of God follow after
d. Being clothed in humility.
"Put on therefore, as the elect of
e. Walking in humility.
"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
beseech you that ye walk with all lowliness and meekness."
f. All aspects of humility.
"To be gentle, shewing all meekness
unto all men."
Christians need to:
Be humble and have a servant attitude.
Think humble thoughts and not be high-minded.
Be willing to do lowly, humble tasks.
The word temperance can be better described
People often lose control, over indulge
in many areas of their lives and desperately need self-control.
1 Peter 4:3
"For the time past of our life when
we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine,
Jesus predicted that in the last days,
men would live that way.
They did eat, they drank."
Self-control is the fruit of the
Spirit that protects the Believer from reckless and
"He that hath no rule over his own
spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without
Self-control is like a wall around
our soul and spirit. It controls what goes in and comes
Temperance is three things:
1. Temperance is a measurement system.
By temperance we measure if something
is sufficient or excessive, in or out of control.
2. Temperance is a management system.
Paul teaches that by self-control,
we clearly know how much we need and thereby we discipline
"I know both how to be abased, and
I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I
am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both
to abound and to suffer need.
I can do all things through Christ
who strengtheneth me."
2 Peter 1:6
"And to knowledge temperance;"
The knowledge we receive from God,
helps us to exercise self-control in our lives.
3. Temperance is a striving for
1 Corinthians 9:25
"And every man that striveth for the
mastery is temperate in all things."
Mastery is the demonstration of self-control
in all the areas of our life. Mastery is the trophy
By producing the fruits of the Spirit
we experience a true sense of how valuable they are.
It makes us realize how much we are indebted to the Holy Spirit for them.