The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22
Jesus Christ was a rebel. He went against the cultural, societal, political and religious norms of His day to reach the masses with the Good News. He did not care that, by doing so, He was considered an outcast. His actions and his behavior, along with Godly characteristics, made Him the most impactful man in history. He literally changed the course of eternity.
One of the greatest acts of rebellion we can participate in is rebellion against the world. By exemplifying the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit and allowing our attitudes to reflect those characteristics, we are going against how the world encourages us to behave.
John 15:5 & 8 says, I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
In addition to reflecting Christ’s work in our lives, the fruit of the Spirit allows us to bear good fruit, which in turn glorifies God. We are identified by the type of fruit we produce (Luke 6:43-45).
Love: John 3:16, John 15:9, John 15:12-14, I John 4:7-12
Joy: Luke 10:21, John 17:13, John 16:22-24, I Peter 1:8,9
Peace: Isaiah 9:6,7, Romans 14:19, I Corinthians 14:33, Philippians 4:6,7
Patience: I Timothy 1:15-17, Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 15:18, I Thessalonians 5:14, James 5:8,9
Kindness: Titus 3:4,5, Ephesians 2:6,7, Proverbs 11:16,17, Jeremiah 9:23,24
Goodness: Titus 3:4-7, Psalm 23:6, Ephesians 5:8-10, Galatians 6:9,10
Faithfulness: Isaiah 11:5, Revelation 19:11a, Hebrews 3:6, Matthew 23:23, Revelation 2:10b.
Gentleness: Matthew 11:28-30, Matthew 21:5, Proverbs 15:1, I Corinthians 4:21, Philippians 4:4,5, I Peter 3:15
Self-Control: Luke 22:41, 42, I Peter 2:23, Proverbs 25:28, Proverbs 29:11, Titus 2:11,12, I Peter 4:7
Consider how surprised you are when someone at the DMV or the Post Office is really, really kind. It stays with you and you may even tell other people about your experience. It’s because we don’t expect people in notoriously chaotic places to exhibit kindness. Now consider how awesome it is when you are kind because you’re reflecting Christ’s work in your life and what a witness that is to those around you.
Bearing good fruit will transform your attitude from situation-centered to Christ-centered. You will be defined by your attitude and your love for Christ.
Bear fruit by allowing God’s Word to transform your attitude. Rebel against the world.