The 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Table of Contents:
An Introduction to The 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit
1. Love – 2. Joy – 3. Peace – 4. Longsuffering – 5. Kindness
6. Goodness – 7. Faithfulness – 8. Gentleness – 9. Self Control

As you will see in the Scripture verse I will give you in this article – there is one very special incredible verse that will tell you that God the Father wants to transmit and impart 9 specific fruits of the Holy Spirit up into our personalities.

God wants all of us to enter into a true sanctification process with Him so that He can begin the process of molding, shaping, and transforming us into the express image of His Son Jesus Christ. He wants to make us into a better and more holy people. He wants to transform us by the renewing of our minds. He wants to put right thinking into our thought process.

In the “Sanctification,” I gave you the specific verses from Scripture that showed you that it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that this sanctification process is done with you in this life. However, you will not be a passive robot in all of this. You have to be willing to work in cooperation with the Holy Spirit once He begins to start this sanctification process within you.

Your job will be to get into the Word to find out exactly what it is God is going to want to change about you. You will need to find out exactly what godly qualities God will want you to try and “put on” into your personality, and what qualities He will want you to try and “put away.”

This article will be the first of a series of articles giving you all of the appropriate Scripture verses showing you exactly which qualities and attributes God will want to get worked into your personality, and which qualities He will want to pull out of you. And there is no better place to start this series of articles than with the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit.

If you want to start off by keying on some of the more positive, godly qualities that God would really like to get worked into your personality – really study and meditate on these 9 specific qualities.

When God the Father purposely isolates and spells out 9 specific qualities that will be coming direct from His Holy Spirit – then He is really letting you know the extreme importance of these 9 specific fruits.

These 9 fruits are major fruits and qualities that are coming direct from God Himself – and every Christian should do the best they can to work with the Holy Spirit in getting all 9 of these fruits worked into their personality.

I will first start off by highlighting each of these 9 specific fruits so that you can have all 9 of them isolated right at the top of this article. I will then give you the Scripture verse where these 9 fruits are coming from, and then do a brief commentary on each one of these fruits so you can fully understand what each one of these fruits are all about, and how they can dramatically change the quality of your life and state of well-being if you are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to start to work all 9 of these fruits into your personality.

Here are the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit listed one right after the other in a bolded, numbered format:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Longsuffering
  5. Kindness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faithfulness
  8. Gentleness
  9. Self-control

Now here is the specific verse from Scripture where these 9 fruits are being given to us by the Lord:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)

Before I get into the appropriate commentary on each of these nine fruits, note the following:

  1. The word “Spirit” is with a capital “S” – which means these 9 fruits are coming directly from the Holy Spirit, not from ourselves.

  2. What this means is that God’s love, God’s peace, God’s joy, and God’s goodness can start to be transmitted up into our personality. These are His divine attributes and personality qualities that will start to move into the core of our personality.

  3. Think about the ramifications of this – that God the Father Himself is allowing us to share in a part of His divine nature by allowing His Holy Spirit to transmit and impart these nine divine qualities right up into our soul and personality!

This is why God the Father is specifically telling us in this verse that these 9 fruits are coming directly from His Holy Spirit – so that we can all fully appreciate the magnitude of such an experience.

Jesus has already told us that He is the vine and we are the branches. The branches draw their life from the vine, not vice versa. Just as the branch draws its life from the vine, so too must we draw our life directly from Jesus. Jesus will release His divine life directly into us through the Holy Spirit in the exact same way that the vine will release the life of the tree into the branches.

In one short, but incredible powerful Scripture verse, God the Father is giving all of us an incredible revelation on what can go on behind the scenes in the spiritual realm for those who are willing to work with Him in this sanctification process.

Now I will go on to describe what each one of these nine fruits are all about and give you definitions from some of the different Bible Dictionaries and Commentaries, thereby making it easier for you to work with the Holy Spirit once He starts to move in on you to try and impart some of these divine qualities and attributes into the core of your personality.

Table of Contents:
An Introduction to The 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit
1. Love – 2. Joy – 3. Peace – 4. Longsuffering – 5. Kindness
6. Goodness – 7. Faithfulness – 8. Gentleness – 9. Self Control


All of the above definitions on each one of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit give you a perfect description of what each one of them are all about, and why God the Father really wants to work each one of these 9 fruits into our personalities.

As you can see when reviewing each one of them, they are all very powerful – and they not only have the ability to help change, transform, and sanctify you – but they also have the ability to touch all of those around you.

Nothing will draw nonbelievers and believers alike to the Lord than a truly sanctified saint in the Lord who is walking and operating in all 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit.

If you are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to work and transmit all 9 of these fruits up into your personality to some appreciable degree in this life – you will then become a light that will literally radiate the presence of God Himself through your soul and personality.

You have no idea how many people you will be able to save, touch, witness to, and help disciple if you have these fruits operating through you. These fruits will give you a credibility with God and with other people that no degree or title can give you in this life.

This sanctification process is the ultimate, highest aim and goal with God for our lives.

For those of you who are not afraid to let God begin this deeper sanctifying work in your life – keep these 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit directly in front of you.

And then work very closely with the Holy Spirit once He starts to manifest these fruits up into your personality.

These fruits will be coming directly from Him. They will be His love, His goodness, His joy, and His peace that will start to flow into you. But you will still have to do your part in all of this. Once these divine attributes start to be released into your personality by the Holy Spirit – your job will then be to start to walk and operate in them.

If the Holy Spirit starts to release His quality of love into your personality, but you start refusing to walk and operate in that love in your words and actions to others – then He will start to pull it back from you after a reasonable length of time.

If He starts to manifest His quality of self-control in you in an effort to try and take out some of the negative qualities that He will not want operating in your personality, and you refuse to rely on that self-control, and you override it and continue to operate in those negative qualities – then again, He will pull it back from you until you are ready to work in cooperation with Him.

This sanctification process is a two way street.

God is more than willing and anxious to do His part – but you will have to be willing to do your part. And your part will be to learn what changes God will want to make with you – and then start to live, walk, and operate in those specific changes once the Holy Spirit starts this supernatural, sanctification process within you.

This part God cannot do for you.

Jesus gave Peter the power and ability to be able to walk on water. But there was one thing Peter had to do before that supernatural power was released to him. He had to get out of the boat and start walking straight forward on that power.

It was only when he got out of the boat and started walking straight forward did the supernatural power of God manifest that allowed him to literally walk on water!

It’s the exact same way in this sanctification realm with the Lord. God, through the Holy Spirit, will give you the supernatural power to change, transform, and sanctify you – but you will have to be like Peter and be willing to live and walk in that supernatural power before it can really start to work to change and sanctify you.

Jesus is coming back for a Bride that will be without spot or blemish. He is calling His Church to clean up their act and allow His Holy Spirit to begin this deeper sanctifying work in their lives. However, the choice is up to each individual believer. Sanctification is not something that can be forced upon anyone. God really respects everyone’s free will and He will never force His will or His ways on anyone.

To those of you who will decide to enter into this sanctification process with the Lord – realize that all of this will not occur overnight. The Holy Spirit will set the pace and timetable that He will want to work with you on. You can perfectly trust Him to handle each of the areas that He will want to get into.

Though some of this may be a bit painful at times, since none of us likes to admit that we have anything that needs to be changed, let the Holy Spirit take you as far as He will want to go with you in this realm – and I guarantee you that your life and your state of well-being will all be changed for the better – much better!

Table of Contents:
An Introduction to The 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit
1. Love – 2. Joy – 3. Peace – 4. Longsuffering – 5. Kindness
6. Goodness – 7. Faithfulness – 8. Gentleness – 9. Self Control
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  1. Paul - October 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Hey, thank you for this amazing article, God bless you in what you are doing! I enjoyed reading it and was praying for God to help me with these nine fruits from the Holy Spirit. Continue in what your doing! 🙂 God BLESS!

  2. paul - November 5, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Am glad and appreciates for the good article, it has really touched my heart God bless you for the good work you are doing.
    thank you.

  3. Lisa - November 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you for this wonderfully divine message of grace. I have been receiving the 9 fruits for a few years now, and am transformed 🙂 I am, perhaps, almost, Sanctified? 😀 Can it be true? Many lovely blessings to you and all who open to this powerful truth. Thank you.

  4. naphy - November 15, 2011 at 7:05 am

    i thank God for allowing me to see this wonderful message this morning as im in class right now i was asking God to bless me with the 9 fruits of the Spirit and i decided to look it up God bless you !!

  5. Olubusola - November 18, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I really thank God for the lives of those people that wrote this article, D Lord will continue to bless and empower u all and on d last day u will not be found wanting. I must confess that am really blessed cos i hav been wanting to read, understand and have the gifts of THE HOLY SPIRIT and this is just an avenue to know GOD the more and understand wat is expected of us as believers. Please as u are writing the articles dont forget to pray for everyone reading it that d Lord will empower us and give us the grace to walk with HIM. Thanks and God bless.

  6. Sherrell - November 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I really thank God for this article. When I asked the Holy Spirit for his guidance, wisdom and answers in the good times as well during the tough times, He always seems to lead me in the right direction.This morning when I cried out to him in prayer, He gave me a sense of peace and somehow I was lead to this article. This article was excellent! and gave a deep explanation of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit like I have never heard it before. Thank You to whoever is responsible for this article. It is truly a blessing from God! I know God has a plan for my life and I am excited to become a blessing to others! God Bless you all!

  7. Marcia - November 27, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I just gave my 18 year old daughter, Hannah, a “5 day challenge” of BEING KIND. Her friend, Alex, was in the room when I gave Hannah this challenge and Alex said that she wanted to take the challenge as well.

    I am giving them an index card with some scriptures as an encouragement and reminder of this challenge. On this card, I printed out Eph. 4:32 (“… be ye kind one to another ….”) on one side, and on the flip side I wrote the fruits of the spirit. (Gal. 5:22). As I was looking up the reference for the fruits of the Spirit, I ran across your wonderful article. I am going to print it out and have them read it over the next 5 days. Thank you so much. It is a VERY powerful article. I believe it is God’s timing and provision that I ran across this article. God bless (whoever is the author) for being obedient in writing this article that is touching so many lives.

  8. Mike - December 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Hello. I have been dealing with a lot of lust/passion issues. And after praying, and asking, and downright demanding that Jesus break me He did lastnight! I had always wondered or felt resentful when I heard people witnessing or talking about how “Jesus changed my life.” I could NEVER understand that and it made so little sense to me. I would rack my brain asking over and over, “How can Jesus change us when we have to choose to change?!” Well I will tell you the secret! It’s not that Jesus lives your life for you, but if you can be diligent and constantly talk with Him and even annoy Him to break you and change you then it WILL happen! When he changes your life, you suddenly become aware of EVERYTHING. Old things that were your usual forte instantly click in your head and say “this is what chained you down!” In the middle of Him breaking you down you have this heightened understanding of how things are operating beyond this “normal” life. The Holy Spirit crushed into me, and the closest thing I can tell you what it’s like is that you can’t control your body, to some extent…I could hardly get words out, and I couldn’t control if I cried or not. I don’t know if this happens everytime, but I started asking Jesus to break me daily, because I know my vices are very strong. So when I was researching on more ways to have the Holy Spirit put self control in me, I came across this article. I had read about the 9 fruits before. I imagine the Holy Spirit will work on what He thinks is best first. All I know is that after that encounter I was having a 2 hour conversation with Jesus. I would literally TRY to sin and get these bad images in my head, and I could not do it! So it IS possible to have the Holy Spirit block ANYTHING out of your life! I believe that the more we speak with Him and shout out our needs and desires (when it comes to growing in the spirit of course) the higher the chances of Him responding. Maybe this is not true, because I do know that He operates on His time, but it cannot possibly hurt to talk with God as much as possible. I don’t even care if people think Im crazy when I’m talking to thin air, lol. I wouldn’t do it on purpose, but the more we can start seeing Jesus/God as a manifested person or force that is all around us the better off we will be! Lastnight was my first night sleeping after this encounter and I had no temptations to indulge in the sin, so that’s what Im definitely aiming for! Thanks for reading and Godbless everyone. Merry Christmas!

    • Emmanuel - August 5, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      This is so amazing, am also praying to God for His encounter, I am at it already..thanks for shearing your experience with great teacher in person of Holy Spirit.

  9. Abiola - December 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I was preparing for sunday school and the topic is on “fruit of the sprit.”
    This article was the first one i clicked on and it really gave me all the ideas that i needed. Thank you, may the good lord continue to give u knowledge and understanding of his WORDS.

  10. progress - January 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Excuse me, but there are times we should never exhibit “forebearance.” Refuse to tolerate abusive spouses, coworkers, family members, friends, elected officials or other acquaintances. We should not tolerate anything being done to us that is not kind, gentle, patient, loving, etc.
    Stand up and protest. Don’t be meek and just “take it.” If becoming “santified” means letting others take control of or abuse me or my children – forget it.

    • loved by God - August 15, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      jesus took all kinds of insults and injury. look at me i am meek and a lowly servant. He gives us patience to be able to endure. The greatest among you shall be your servant

  11. Crystal - January 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Amen to Mike’s testimony! God is Able! And will deliver those in need. Thank you Jesus!

  12. Gina - January 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I enjoyed most of the article, however, I wish the section on gentleness was more gentle. The comment on “liberals” could be construed as “Christian tough love”, but I couldn’t get past the animosity I felt coming from how it was presented. No where in the fruits do I see this tendency for “us and them” that makes Christians seem downright unloving. I think your point could have been made without accusing a particular group of people. Blessings on your ministry.

    • Mike Bradley - January 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      I was simply pointing out the fact that some liberals are trying to make God gender neutral. I wanted to point out for men that Jesus was fully Man when He came down to our earth and that we need to pattern our walk after how He lived and acted while He was down here. Nothing more, nothing less.


  13. sandra - January 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    thank you for your post, I thought I was a christian for a lot of years, and had heard of the fruit of the spirit often, never truly understood it until after reading your posts. Things have been real tough for us for the past 3 years, always having to fight the tough fight, my faith has been challenged so often, I have always been able to hang on in there. today after reading my bible and had some confusion googled the question which eventually led me to your post on Fruits of the spirit, my eyes have been open, life starts to make more sense today. I pray that santification commences in my life and things become easier for me this year

  14. ella - January 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    this is different set of the 9 fruits… Depends on the version of bible…(from KJV)
    1. love
    2. joy
    3. peace
    4. longsuffering
    5. gentleness
    6. goodness
    7. faith
    8. meekness
    9. temperance

    God Bless.

  15. Milita Das - January 19, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I appriciate the article very much. I believe I need to work hard to bear the fruits of the Spirits. I am going to use this article to teach and help others to grow into the likeness of Christ. Thank you and God bless.

  16. Larry Davis - January 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Thank You for the very well presented most important necessities for the Christian heart. You are a wonderful extension of God’s Love! I have been a believer all my live, fighting the lukewarm existence all the way. It seems that every church I have ever attended is a blessing to mankind and they are wonderful. It does though puzzle me as to why when through His entire ministry on earth Jesus sought to win the hearts via his demonstration of healing that he taught to his disciples on purpose as to show us his way. I think that if the church was to go that one step further to boldly demonstrate the miracle healing Jesus gave us with the laying of hands Jesus powered healing, that we would be boldly displaying our faith like the father intended. Some churches are routinely performing his miracles and do so by the power of receiving the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit that they claim anoints them by his grace the success they have with their practice. One that I have witnessed is The Grace Cathedral, OHIO. Your thoughts and teaching of the laying of hands Jesus style would be greatly appreciated please as we all are capable of ministering this faithful gift and should be performing as often as God wills. God Bless You and All your efforts. Thank You Larry Davis

  17. Nate Mullen - February 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for the time and effort put into this article. I have been trying to communicate that knowing someone by “their fruit” is not about their food (dietary) patterns, but something much deeper. Blessings to you!

  18. rmp - February 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    CORRECTION: There are not 9 fruits of the Spirit.

    Galatians 5:22 says, But the “Fruit” (singular) of the Spirit is LOVE. There is ONE FRUIT; EIGHT CHARACTERS: Joy, Peace, Long suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance.
    These 8 characters are inside of the fruit to cause you to produce. To be in better form or condition; to bring into existence again; favorable conditions; born again spiritually. All of this is in HIS WORD which is THE SEED or CHARACTER. The kingdom of God is supposed to be producing.


  19. rmp - February 8, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Also, one of the comments is absolutely correct. Each character has its own definition:

    1. Joy = Gladness or The Regeneration of Man
    2. Peace = Serenity
    3. Long Suffering/Patience = Blessings
    4. Gentleness = Kindness
    5. Goodness = Benevolence
    6. Faith – Characteristic of Love
    7. Meekness = Humility
    8. Temperance = Self Control

  20. simon - February 22, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Thanks alot for the insights concerning the fruit of the Spirit.

    I realize that santification comes as a manifestation of the fruit.The hard thing about is the application more so because one must be ready to be hurt.
    The good about it is that once it becomes applicable the result is felt and the advantage outweighs the pain.
    Love peace and joy manifests the life of one who is filled in the Holy Spirit,goodness kindness patience to a person who is led by the Spirit,self control gentleness and faithfulness to a Spirit controlled person.
    Perhaps the article inspires the readers to ask for the filling of the Spirit and the rest will follow.
    Be blessed for all this and more.

  21. Juan Carlos - February 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you for your article. Your definition of each virtue is fantastic. One thing though I would like to call your attention to: It does not say “the Fruits of the Spirit are….”, in plural But “the fruit of the Spirit is…” , in singular. I think is one fruit with nine different ingredients, not nine fruits. I would think that love is joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-conrol. You cannot have one virtue without having the others. As Love is the fulfillment of the Law, love contains everything (Romans 13:8-10). Thank you very much, may God keep on blessing your wonderful ministry. Juan Carlos

  22. MTL - March 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I really appreciate the article. One thing that I have learned is that I don’t need to be perfect while I’m on this journey. God has shown me that I need to continue to practice the fruits of the spirit each day. God bless and thank you for the encouragement.

    God Bless!

  23. Rose - March 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks so much for your divine insight into the fruits of the Spirit. The article was so convicting and truly bear witness to the Spirit of Truth in me. Knowledge is power and in this case makes a better person to be used for God’s glory and the good of the Body of Christ. may God continue to bless you and use you to inspire, encourage educate people on the things that are important to God. You are making a difference!

  24. Peace and Joy - March 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

    This article is wonderful, but I just want to add that there is only one fruit which contains 8 seeds. Every fruits has seed or seeds, so therefore Love is the fruit that housed the 8 seeds.

  25. Layna - March 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I must confess that am really blessed and I am ever so thankful for this article and this website. it really helps me and encourages me to learn more about myself and who I really am. It is such an honor to be close to God. Being closer to God is something I will never have to regret, because He had been so good to us. Where wold we be without God? 🙂

  26. Bishop.singham - March 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    This is great simple yet very deep .Fruits of spirit coming directly from Holy spirit .That is why every christian must be baptized in holy spirit ,which would get him or her all the 9 fruits….thank you so very much for the insight…blessings

  27. Chule Kalimashe - April 3, 2012 at 8:05 am

    If we can receive the all these fruits of the Spirit, it will be almost impossible for us to sin. I am blessed.

  28. OLATUNDE - April 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I love ur message and i will like to get closer to you people.i will also love to have one of your book but i found out that my country is not among the country that was listed there. i am from Nigeria

  29. David Arogundade - April 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    This is a wonderful article and God will continue to bless your source of knowledge and wisdom. Please be using more Bible references in order to have more in depth teaching bible based.

    Thanks and God bless you.

  30. christine nkirote - April 19, 2012 at 4:31 am

    blessed to have people who can teach the word of God in net, i love these God bless. u’ve blessed ma heart.

  31. Jade Raeanna Staniforth - April 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Wow, This really helped me see where I am lacking with God! I am so thankful for this article! It really has inspired me to do better and seek a more personal relationship with our father! Thank you for the encouraging words! GOD IS SO GOOD ALWAYS!!! =)

  32. Bathram Iwunze - April 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    When I gave my life to Jesus Christ, it was a great joy hoping that these visible attributes of a christian will automatically manifest in me because alot of the “Word” I heard was based on preaching than teaching the foundational principles to a new convent.Thank God for servants like you who studied and impacted us with the prudent insight of what it takes to be a christian.You are doing a great work for the kingdom. May God continue to find you a vessel unto honor. Thank you.

  33. Leona - April 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I thank God for the wonderful “Fruit” bowl that I just recieved. For those persons commenting on the word fruit being in single form; please read that scripture again. God will approve your study and understanding. GOD BLESS the writer and all the readers.

  34. oladosu yinka - May 9, 2012 at 3:17 am

    God bless you for a good work well done, am writing a book on the need to be prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and one of the question i asked in the book was “ARE YOU MANIFESTING ALL THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT?” the reason i asked the question was that in my community here in Nigeria Christians desire the gifts of the Spirit because it make them famous but we neglect the fruit of the Spirit that will guarantee us a place in the kingdom of God.

  35. denise - June 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I am an overseer (leader) for Redeemed Outreach for Woman in Phoenix, AZ. Currently there are 32 women and 4 children residing in our home. One of the things that I try to teach them is to live a Christ like life. I try doing this by teaching them the word. Each week I assign them homework to do. It’s usually a chapter from the bible that they summarize and then apply to their lives. This week however, due to some things that have occurred over the past week or so, I decided to give them homework on the fruits of the spirit, hoping that this will help them to get a long better with each other, as well as others in their lives. I searched on line for something that would help me in teaching them this, and ran into this site. It was very helpful to me and informative to me. This was what I was looking for. Thank you.

  36. arnell s.maranan - June 23, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Very enlighten. People need to read, learn and apply it for everyday lives. sucess comes and starting to learn and doing it today, tomorrow and forever the world will achieve the greatest gift of God if all people will accept the LORD AND SAVIOUR ABOVE ALMIGHTY GOD. God bless us.

  37. government agent-federal! - August 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    great.i love the three lords.

  38. Steve - August 30, 2012 at 1:18 am

    This teaching on the Fruit of the Spirit is a great blessing to me.It has come at a time i have been struggling with self-control. God bless you so much.Steve, Nairobi, Kenya.

  39. Tre' Reed - October 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    This is a good and well developed way to present the fruits of the spirit. I was thinking of teaching this to the kids I teach in sabbath school and I thank you ever so much for this information. God bless.


  40. Marisol - October 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Wanted to thank you on the full explinations that I have read and am studing. Alot is being revealed to me as I read each one of the Fruits. Praise God that all the information needed is in His Book. This has opened my eyes more to see what I need to do. My mind needs to rest so that His Spirit may work on me. God Bless You

  41. Michele - November 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

    While doing my bible readings today I really felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to get intentional about really studying and applying the Fruits of the Spirit in my life. I came Googled Gifts of the Spirit and came upon this sight. Very good information. I printed it and will study it daily asking God the areas I need to change in my life.. Thank you for this information. Its really great stuff…

  42. weston - November 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Very informative and uplifting. Really help me to see where I am in my Christian maturity and how I should continue to choose to grow deeper in the Lord. Thankx again

  43. Mattie - January 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you! This was so helpful for my bible study class on the Holy Spirit. Cannot thank you enough. God bless you for this website.

  44. dennis - February 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    thank you for the fruit it is really good it help me out a lot especially faithfulness witch I have to speak on again thank you

  45. Lethiwe Ndumo - February 6, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Thank you so much Man of God. God has used you in a mighty way to simplify this and make it practical. May God continue to bless u.

  46. Gloria - April 16, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Man of God I have been so blessed by your detailed explanation of the fruit of the spirit . I will share this with my three daughters.

  47. Scott Troyer - April 27, 2014 at 6:30 am

    I was just thinking about what type of person I really am.

    The Bible, and the Fruits of the Spirit came to mind.

    I thought about works without fruit are empty, and that I need to
    constantly remind myself “Am I producing fruit?”. “What is the evidence
    of this Fruit?”

    I found myself challenged to not only remember what real “Fruit” is, but to
    continue to apply it to my life as I grow as a Christian.

    I may not be there yet, but, with God’s Grace, I’m aware.

    • Ruth - February 23, 2018 at 8:33 am

      Hi Scott,
      When a
      tree produces fruit it is because that is what is already in the seed that became that tree. So you see it is not just the tree producing the fruit, it is the seed as it is not us producing the fruit but what is within by salvation – God. When the Holy Spirit of God produces fruit in us, the “the branches” of the One True Vine, Jesus it is because that is what the Father, God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus are – they are one in all ways, they are love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, meekness (strength under control) and self-discipline. So Scott when you received Jesus you received the “fruit” that is why it is called being born again – we die to self (the old nature, the flesh) and are reborn, become alive in Christ Jesus. That is a daily renewal of death to the old self and nature, and regeneration to our life in Jesus. This is why being in the Word of God every day is how we are sanctified. His holy Word is our purification, God does it through His Word, His Light, His Way, His Truth, Jesus.

  48. Renee' Ellis - May 15, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I love God, and I thank him every day , and he brings me closer buy showing me and teaching me , different ways to be as good and kind as he wishes for all of us, thank you God for another day of learning, Amen

  49. Karen - October 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I really appreciate finding this article on Google. I typed in fruits of the Spirit defined and this is the first article that popped up. We are doing a study beginning tomorrow and because of you I will be well equipped. Thank you again!!!!

  50. Bill - September 10, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Very good article from a Spirit filled perspective which you don’t see too much of on the internet. One thing I would like to point out is this (not meaning to be too picky), The word fruit is singular not plural which is important. The fruit of the Spirit is love and all its attributes that follow. Also, even though we do have our part to do according to Eph. 4:17-24, This fruit is not something we do, it is who we are as we walk in the Spirit. Great website. I look forward to seeing more. God bless.

    • Ruth - February 23, 2018 at 8:48 am

      Thank you Bill, you said this so well. I attempted in my reply to ‘Scott Troyer’. I really like how simply you said it here – we can never do, all that is ever done for His kingdom is done by Him, through Him , and for the glory of God. He does the works, He is the love, we are emptied out vessels. I am so glad you, Juan Carlos’ and ‘Love and Peace have written in this thread about the word “is” in this wonderful verse. I needed to be reminded of it. Galatians 5:22 became a constant loop in my mind when I was saved and filled with the spirit.

  51. Deb Mylet - January 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I have been asked to fill tomorrow for out “Open Arms Bible Study” group. I too googled and found this site. It has given me new perspectives that I can share and use in my walk. Thanks and peace and grace to you
    God Bless

  52. Bright - January 13, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Thank you Servant of God. I am richly blessed by your detailed article on the Holy Spirit. God increase His anointing and grace in your life. God bless you

  53. bro of faith - March 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    may the lord God, who live forever continue to equip you and blesses you in every area of your life. y the churches really need this

  54. Rev. Hawthorne - March 16, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    May I point out that Galatians 5:22-23 specifically states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” All due respect to the whomever the teacher is, but he/she is incorrect when referring to (9) fruits. The scripture does not say “fruits” but “FRUIT” singular. The fruit of the Holy Spirit consist of 9 elements which are in numerated in verses 22-23.

    • Edwin - May 26, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Explain something Rev. Hawthorne…would you be so kind to explain and elaborate as to how your point is different from the original teacher’s examination of Galatians 5:22-23? I just need to see how it is different. Thanks sooo much…In other words, “teach me” please??….LOL

    • Jeffrey - August 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      The word ‘fruit’ itself is a singular or plural word. When I go to the ‘fruit’ stand I am not going to a road side stand that only has one fruit. Or should we start calling them ‘fruits’ stands? Somebody in the past taught that there was only one fruit and many have bought and taught it for years now. The idea that this passage is trying to convey is that when the Holy Spirit indwells a believer they will show forth a ‘fruitful’ life. Thus love, joy, peace, etc. will be seen in their life. Yet when you think further on this, there are many more types of fruit that comes forth in ones life when the Holy Spirit is present. In other words, the Holy Spirit is not limited to only helping the believer bare these 9 kinds of fruit, there are many, many more. So when the word ‘fruit’ is used, it would be similar to using the word ‘fish’ to describe a boat load full. I caught a fish, I caught some fish. If I go to a friends house for lunch I would ask him what kind of fruit (plural) do you have. Here’s an example from the Word how fruit is used in the plural. John 15:16 – Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth ‘fruit’, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

      Surely the scripture here is not talking about only one kind of fruit.

      Other verses to consider would be: Romans 7:4 – Ephesians 5:9 – Philippians 4:17 and Jude 1:12.

      God Bless

      • SimiSkid - December 19, 2016 at 1:52 pm

        Stumbled on this blog as part of a study on fruit. Up until recently I would have agreed that the word fruit as a plural and not a singular. However my mind was changed after listening to Timothy Keller about this passage in Galatians. Here is a link to his 30 minute message;
        Wonderfully encouraging message. One conclusion (and there are many), is that the spirit grows us symmetrically. It is not consistent for a believer to be showing kindness or goodness and not have a true joy or peace. I can act kindly to others out of an attitude of arrogance, thinking that I am better than them – even if I was being kind. Like the 10 commandments, spiritual truths should show us our inadequacy and drive us to a dependence on Jesus and the need for the power of God to act in us. Thinking of these as multiple fruit makes me think of a juggler trying in futility to keep everything in the air. For many years when I thought of Galatians 5 I thought of a ‘to do list’ of traits to work on in my own power. Thinking of these as interdependent and linked is helped with the picture of a single fruit with many attributes; age (ripe or green), shape (round or oblong), color, fragrant, flavor (sweet or bitter), size (large or small), weight (heavy or light), rarity (common or unusual), utility (edible or industrial). Only Jesus can manifest ALL the traits of grace in us. It has been helpful for me to think of them as part of a whole rather than focusing on each attribute and risk becoming overwhelmed or discouraged that I am somehow defective because one of the traits is not showing up the way I think it should. Or worse becoming prideful that I have one of the grace’s in abundance but blinded to why another grace is completely void in my life – thus choosing to ignore the sin in my life.

        Side note – Understanding our dependence on God and the symmetry of the 9 graces helped me understand how Paul & Christ could warn that a believer could perform miracles and great works in the name of Christ and on the day of judgement be told “away from me I never knew you”.

        Blessings to all

  55. Joshua Fung - December 20, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    It is “The fruit of the Spirit, not 9 fruits.”

    Therefore, a person, who has been anointed by the Holy Spirit, can not claim that he is full of love, but he likes to get stressed over a little thing and he can not handle his over eating habit to the point of becoming an obese. Or he can not claim that he is full of joy and peace, but he is not patient and like to get mad easily. Or he can not claim that he is kind and gentle, but he is stingy and selfish at the same time. The list continues on.

    A person, who has been anointed by the Holy Spirit, will have ONE FRUIT that has nine flavors. It is either you have it ALL or NONE.

  56. Efren Rodriguez - February 18, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Very good points, but Scripture is clear that it’s the fruit (singular) of the Spirit. It’s not that you can have one or another, it’s a package deal. These are nine characteristics or virtues of a Christian, unlike the gifts (plural) of the Spirit, where God gives different abilities to the body or church members.

  57. Carolyn Jo Preast - August 2, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Very interesting article…thanks for everyone’s insight on the fruit or fruits of the Spirit…if you back up a few verses in Galations 5 you will see all the works of the flesh (verses 19 – 21) which are many ! It says in the end of vs. 21…they which do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Then starting in vs. 22 it tells us the fruit of the Spirit is…then follows the 9 fruits of the Spirit…I think it depends on whether we are speaking in a singular or plural sense…what matters is that we have these 9 fruits…it is also telling us what we need to have to enter into the Kingdom of God. It is simply telling us whatever we practice , whether it be the lusts of the flesh or the fruits of the Spirit , will determine where we will spend Eternity…either with God eternally or eternally seperated from God..may God help us all to understand the mystery of his Word!

  58. Wilma Unduka - August 23, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Early part of this year, I was hit by mild stroke and my healing is progressing well and very slowly, but I have been desiring the 9 fruits of Holy Spirit to grow more effectively in my personality. The fruit I desired more to grow and continuing growing and mature bigger and larger is Long Suffering. This fruit is unique and the other fruits begin to grow more infinitely and effectively in my personality. Thank you very much for this article. I have fully enjoyed reading it and will share with Christians in my church. Thank you and God bless you in this ministry.

  59. Will - September 28, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    One comment: the verse talks about the ‘fruit’, singular, of the Holy Spirit, not the ‘fruits,’ multiple. It is one fruit with all nine qualities. We don’t get some of these qualities, we get them all, to the degree that we yield to the Holy Spirit.

  60. The one and only Lorie Gloria - October 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I pray to the lord to help me walk in the fruit of the spirit in by daily life and only through him and with him I’m able to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth reflecting the image of God and his son Jesus Christ and I can only do it through the Holy Spirit. I know I still have a lot to learn and grow because the Lord it’s not done with me but I’m in the processes of the Santicfication where I know that some day what God had started in me he will finish because I live by faith and not by sight and only through his Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit everything is possible. To love the unloving and to see others the way God does. To be joyful even in my trials and have piece when things dont go right in my live. To be patient even when it seems hard to accomplish Gods be kind no mater how I’m treated. To be good to others even when I don’t fill like It. To be faithful to God and others even in the smallest be gentle in what i do or say even when I feel angry or upset.and to take safe-control at all times no matter what the enemy tries to bring into my life or the tests that God brings to my life to mold me and make more like him. always remember that the fruite of the spirit is reflecting Jesus Christ in our dailly life and only then we will bring other believers closer to God and walking in the fruit of the Holy spirit in our dailly life also will be the only Bible the unbelievers will read and will come to Christ . So brothers and sisters let’s get out of our comfort zone and let’s do what we were called to do let’s walk the talk and let’s talk the walk being who God called us to be. He deserves all the honer and glory and the best for the best our Lord Jesus Christ who gave us the best His son Jesus.

    • Bob AKA Grasshopper - December 2, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      I have read through all of these comments and have a droid enjoyed all of them to find one by Laura Gloria was the icing on the cake I thank you for your common sense comments and I do agree with you 100% and I hope that I personally can walk the talk and talk to bark every day of my life and bring glory to his name in doing so my name is Bob I’m an old man

  61. keñny mwansa nyirenda - December 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Thank u so very much i never knew God in this way that i now know and learning to live by the fruit of the Spirit,bless your holy name God of Gods lord of lords and king of kings who is everlasting.Amen

  62. Leah Martha - January 7, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you. I have made a decision to change my life and i want to incorporate the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for making me realize i will be working with the Spirit’s timetable.

  63. Miracle Michael - February 21, 2018 at 6:05 am

    This has been a huge blessing to me. I think for all our brothers and sisters who are so concerned of the terminologies. It’s more important to understand that the key focus is in ensuring that we manifest these fruit than to argue on it. We have a marvelous post here which God has used his son to put up. If there is still a need to know more then I think we should have more time with the holy spirit to search more His word, He will always lead us into all truth.

    It’s also important that we follow these process in our communication pattern.
    Exalt, Commend and Correct (if need be).
    I saw most of us who read this post but instead to blessing the name of the Lord first and the via His servant before correcting they quickly ignored all that was written. I think attitude has a lot also to do with the Fruit of the spirit which we are arguing about. More of His understanding I pray.

    I thank you Sir for this great write up and I pray for more of God’s blessings as He keep transforming souls to His glory through you.

    I love you all.

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