Fruit of the Spirit
Just as a good and healthy tree
bears much fruit, those who are spirit-filled also bear spiritual fruit, called
the fruit of the Spirit. Bearing fruit is a figurative term for exhibiting
behavior that builds others up to the glory of God.
"The fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
self-control" (Galatians -23).
Such edifying characteristics flow out naturally from us when we are filled
with the Holy Spirit.
Our Lord Jesus said to the
disciples, "by this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and
so prove to be my disciples" (John 15:8). When others see Christ through
us, our Father in Heaven receives glory. That is our heart's wish and the
purpose of our lives.