“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)”
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments Galatians 5:22 (Msg)
Jack had a near death experience that changed his life forever. One day, after church Jack went horseback riding. Everything was going fine until the horse started bouncing out of control. He tried with all his might to hang on, but was thrown off. Just when things could possibly get worse, jack’s foot got caught in the stirrup. When this happened, he fell head first to the ground. His head continued to bounce harder and harder, and the horse did not stop or even slow down. Just as he was giving up hope and losing consciousness, the Wal-Mart manager came out and unplugged it.
What Do Real Witnesses Look Like
“You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. Acts 22:15 (NIV)”
Jesus told His disciples, and us, that we are to be witnesses for Him. What do these witnesses look like? What are we to do so that each of our lives can be a witness for Christ? One of the things we can consider is the fruit of the Spirit that the Spirit is producing in our lives. When such fruit is produced, we are being the kind of people that will draw others to God and His love, but here is the good news. God doesn’t just leave it up to us. He gives us his Spirit so that we can produce the kind of fruit that will draw others to Him. Let’s look at how the Spirit can produce more of this fruit in our lives. Read Galatians 5:16-26 below
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:16-26 (NIV)
What Is Spiritual Fruit? First, I would like you to think literally of fruit; for example, the basic garden variety of tomato. What does a tomato plant produce? Tomatoes! Not beans, apples, pumpkins, but tomatoes. The plant doesn’t have to concentrate, work at it or labor over producing a tomato; it just does it. It produces its fruit as the natural result of being a tomato plant. Paul chooses the word fruit very deliberately. He says the list of things in verses 22-23 are fruit that are produced in the lives of believers. Just as a tomato plant produces a tomato as fruit, so a believer produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. as a fruit.
Notice, however, that Paul calls these things the “fruit of the Spirit.” That means that the source or origin of this fruit is the Holy Spirit. Paul does not say, “Work these things into your lives.” These things are not the result of our own efforts. These are the fruits, the results of having the Holy Spirit in our lives. Because of the Holy Spirit, these things are now in our lives because the Spirit is naturally or spiritually producing them. As the Holy Spirit works within us our character and conduct are beautifully refined and changed.” We are to let the Spirit work in us as he grows these fruits within us.
Nine Christian Virtues?
“ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22 (NIV)”
One other thing to note: Paul does not speak of the fruits of the Spirit, but the fruit of the Spirit. There are not nine different varieties of fruits, but one fruit with several different aspects or facets. Why is that important? The result of this is that no one can say, “I don’t have that fruit.” “I’d like to be more patient with my children, husband, wife, co-workers and so on, but I guess I just don’t have the Spiritual fruit of patience.” If we are believers in Jesus Christ, then the Holy Spirit will produce all these things in us. Not that we have all these things perfectly; we are far from producing perfect fruit. Yet we should display every aspect of this fruit of the Spirit. Finally, exhibiting such fruit may take time, but the Spirit will do this.
What are these nine Christian virtues? There have been many attempts at different groupings of these nine virtues. It is difficult to say whether or not Paul had a clear structure or order in mind. Nevertheless, there are some rough categories. The first three — love, joy and peace – together form a basic group of inner qualities of a relationship with Jesus Christ. The second three – patience, kindness, goodness – are more relational and thus more applicable to our relationships with others. The final three – faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – form a bit of a mixture of virtues. I believe that the first one, love, forms a root from which all the others fall. In other words, if you want to know how love comes into being, look at the rest of the list.
“He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Mark 8:24 (NIV)”
“The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Luke 3:9 (NIV) See Isaiah 61:3 –Trees of Righteousness
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NIV)”
Fruit doesn’t exist without a tree; and the fruit of the Spirit doesn’t exist without the Holy Spirit’s presence. The Spirit only produces fruit in people he indwells; if he’s not living in you, no fruit will be produced- the fruit of the Spirit is found only in believers.
A good tree produces lots of fruit—the more a tree produces the better the tree. The Spirit wants to produce lots of fruit in you; he’s like a grafted tree: He can produce nine kinds of fruit in every believer!
Trees that don’t produce aren’t much good; they’re cut down and replaced with better ones (Luke 13:6–9). A tree is known by its fruit (Matt 12:33; cf. 7:17–19; Luke 6:43).
When people see the fruit of the Spirit in action, they learn something about the Holy Spirit—they learn something about God when they see what He has produced in your soul
“The ax is now ready to cut the roots of the trees. Any tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into a fire.” Luke 3:9 (GW)
“A good tree doesn’t produce rotten fruit, and a rotten tree doesn’t produce good fruit.  Each tree is known by its fruit. You don’t pick figs from thorny plants or grapes from a thornbush. Luke 6:43-44 (GW)
“Others were planted on good ground. When they came up, they produced a hundred times as much as was planted.” After he had said this, he called out, “Let the person who has ears listen!” Luke 8:8 (GW)
• The fruit of the Spirit is produced in the mind -see Romans 8:27 (NIV)
• The fruit of the Spirit are all mental attitudes: many Christians confuse the fruit of the Spirit with the production of good works
• These attitudes result primarily from the Holy Spirit’s teaching ministry;
good works result from these attitudes (since attitudes usually express themselves in deeds)
• The sequence is: gospel hearing, faith, salvation, indwelling, Bible teaching, confession, spirituality, spiritual growth, production of fruit, Christ likeness, good works, and rewards
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Cor. 11:1 (NIV)”
The Spirit came to help you change on the inside by producing new things in your soul—attitudes you’ve never had before
• Through filling and bombardment with God’s Word, you change slowly and steadily as the fruit of the Spirit forms in your soul
• You become more and more like Christ—a mature Christian
• The Holy Spirit came to help you become more like Christ- to become more loving, patient, happy, peaceful, gentle, and self-controlled • you can be a be a beautiful person with the character of Jesus Christ abiding in you
EXAMPLE OF LOVE
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:5 (NIV)”
• The Holy Spirit produces God’s love in our hearts (Rom 5:5):
(1) “The love of God” is the love God has for others;
(2) “Has been poured out” shows this love can be transferred from God to us;
(3) “Within our hearts” is the destination of this love—our souls; (4) “through the Holy Spirit” indicates the agent who transfers
God’s love to our souls; (5) “who was given to us” says we must be indwelt with the Spirit before he can transfer this love to us
• We can have the same kind of love for others that God has!
• Love motivates us to pray for one another—especially for our spiritual leaders (Rom 15:30–31): note the apostle’s prayer request for deliverance from persecution and for acceptance by the saints in Jerusalem
One believer cannot be another believer’s fruit. There is absolutely nothing in Scripture to support such a teaching. Being fruitful or bearing good fruit is the outward manifestation of Christ’s work in a person. And just as one can bear good fruit, one can also bear bad fruit. Scripture states that every person (tree) is recognized by his or her “own” fruit, the outward display or overflow of the inward life which they are yielding to, be it of Christ or the sinful nature. See Romans 7:4-5
Why must the branch remain in the vine in order to bear fruit? Because the sap, which carries the genetic makeup (or life) of the fruit, flows from the vine into the branch. If the branch becomes separated from the vine, the sap stops flowing. “No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” (Jn 15:4) Believers must remain in Jesus to receive from Him and bear fruit. What is it that believers receive from Jesus? His life, His nature, His presence, etc., through the Holy Spirit. So, If Jesus is the “vine” and believers are the “branches”, what would the sap be? The Holy Spirit.
Jesus also says that He must remain in the man, “…and I in him…”, for the man to bear fruit. The Greek word that is translated “remain” actually means to abide. How does Jesus (the vine) abide in the man (the branch)? He abides through what the man receives from Him; through the Holy Spirit, through the sap. How does the man (the branch) abide in Jesus (the vine)? He abides through faith. And through the Spirit the man will “bear much fruit”. The fruit is of the Spirit that is abiding in the man. As the man (the “branch”) remains in union with Christ (the “vine”), the Holy Spirit brings forth much fruit through the man (the “branch”); the fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) and the fruits of righteousness. This is the “fruit” which is being referred to in John 15:8.
Again, fruit comes from within the branch. Note: In Scripture, Jesus likens believers to “trees” (and, or) “branches”; never to fruit. The fruit is always something which the tree or branch brings forth from within itself. If anything, we are all God’s fruit, His offspring (Acts 17:29) , for it is He who gives the new life within. It is His seed, His life, and His Spirit that brings about the birth and growth of a believer