F: The Fruit of the Spirit – The Absent “S”

Galatians 5 holds the passage we refer to as the “fruit of the Spirit.”

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

This passage, though much loved, is often misunderstood because people add an “s” to the end of one word. What I mean is that Paul says these above characteristics are the “fruit” of the Spirit, while most call them the “fruits” of the Spirit. Notice the “s?” Does this matter? YES! If we hold that there are “fruits” of the Spirit, than we could rightly interpret the verse as saying just that, there are fruits of the Spirit of God that are commonly found among the Church. Not everyone has them all, but they’re all present within the Church as a whole. This is wrong, wicked even.

THERE IS NO “s” on the end of “fruit.” Therefore, we can correctly interpret the verse to mean that once one becomes a believer in Jesus, the Spirit of God will begin to produce His fruit in our lives. This fruit, consists and contains all of the above characteristics. The implication of this correct view is that ALL of this “fruit” must be present in our lives to some degree. We’re not free to say, “I have kindness, but not patience.” or “I’ve got goodness, but no self-control.” If we’ve been born again by the Spirit of God, the Spirit will produce His fruit in us. If the Spirit is there in you – every characteristic of His fruit will be present (although not fully) as well.

Application: Have you been banking on that “s” to cover up your unholy life? If you cannot find at least an ounce of all of these characteristics in your life, you must ask yourself if you really know Jesus. Because those that know Jesus, have the Spirit, and those who have the Spirit, have His fruit.

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