But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Galatians 5:22-23a ESV
Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4 ESV). Problems arise whenever we try to produce fruit of our own rather than bear the fruit that only the Holy Spirit can produce in us through our living connection with the ‘true vine’ Jesus (John 15:1) and under the careful cultivation of our heavenly Father. This first of three brief posts on the theme of the fruit of the Spirit comes from John Stott…
John Stott wrote… “Various attempts have been made to classify the nine qualities Paul lists. No classification is altogether satisfactory, however, and there is a danger of imposing an artificial one. Perhaps the simplest is to take them as three triads, which depict our Christian relationship first to God, next to others and lastly to ourselves.
“First our relationship to God: ‘love, joy, peace’. The Holy Spirit puts God’s love in our hearts, God’s joy in our souls and God’s peace in our minds. Love, joy and peace pervade a Spirit-filled Christian. Indeed, these may be said to be his principal and abiding characteristics. Everything he does is conceived in love, undertaken with joy and accomplished in peace.”
From John R W Stott in Baptism and Fullness