The 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit

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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. Every human being is made up of a spirit, a soul and a body. (1Thess 5:23) When we are born again we are new creatures. (2Cor 5:17). It is not our soul or body that is made new but our spirit. This spirit is sealed and nothing such as sin can touch it. (Eph 1:13) What is more, our new born again spirit is identical to the Spirit of Christ. God when He looks at us sees us as He sees Christ (1John4:17), “holy and pure”, “holy, without blemish and without condemnation……” (Col 1:22-24) Galatians chapter 5 is all about contrasting living in the flesh and living by the Spirit. Those who are Christ’s by definition live by the Spirit. They have the Spirit of God living in them. The fruit of the Spirit are those qualities Christ possesses. So, if we are identical to Him in the Spirit (remember 1John 4:14 quoted above), then I believe that in our born again spirit we ACTUALLY have the fruit of the Spirit already there. So, all we need to do is remind ourselves of this fact. So if we are feeling down for example we just need to remind ourselves that we have joy in our spirit. Therefore we have no reason not to be joyful. I actually believe that a truly born again spirit filled person should not be without joy. He. shouldn’t be depressed. He also shouldn’t lack patience or any of the other attributes of the fruit of the Spirit. They’re all in our spirit. These are some of the fundamental things we should then be renewing our minds to acknowledge this fact.(Romans 12:1-2; Philemon 1:6) On a personal level I have been living this way for a while now since I got this revelation. Of course
    I slip up some times but it is not for long. I just remind myself of what I have in my spirit, and adjust accordingly.

    • Hi Victor. Fruit takes time to mature. These attributes though in us must be fully developed so that we are a reflection of the character of Christ. That’s why different believers have different traits. So, much as we are born again, we must intentionally work out, allowing the holy spirit to develop our personality or character. I must consciously work out my salvation with fear and trembling.

  2. God is faithful even when we aren’t. Sometimes we think that we got it all under control. The truth is, we don’t because without God, we can’t. There is no one that is beyond change! The fruits of the spirit is something we need in our daily lives to fulfill God’s plan in our lives. Thank you for sharing the word! God bless You!

  3. I liked this article and the explanation of Sanctification; however, there aren’t 9 fruits, there is just one. The Bible says in Galatians 5, “the fruit of the Spirit is.” Both the fact that there is no “s” at the end of the word “fruit” and the use of the verb “is” indicate that there is only one fruit. The list following the verb makes it seem as though there are nine fruits, but there really is only one.
    Keeping the fruit analogy, you can pick fruits like apples and strawberries. Comparing love, kindness, etc, to fruits implies that you can pick and choose which ones you want to show in your life. However, because the fruit is of the Spirit, it’s all or nothing.
    It’s one fruit and in that one fruit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

    • Absolutely true, there is Only one Fruit the “Holy Spirit” with nine attributes. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, three in One is teaching us and showing us that we need these nine attributes of the Holy Spirit in our lives in order to become more Christ like; and more Spiritually mature.

    • Matthew 7:16-20 shows these are multiple fruits, plural. Multiple trees for each fruit.

      “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”
      — Matthew 7:16 (KJV)
      “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” — Matthew 7:20 (KJV)

      Back to singular fruit, encompassing the plural fruits is Ephesians 5:9
      “(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)”
      — Ephesians 5:9 (KJV)

    • Hi Samantha…in English it’s common to refer to several fruits as “fruit”…like if I have 5 apples, someone might say, “Oh, look at that fruit over there.” Or if I had 9 Fruits of the Spirit, someone might say, “Look at that, you have a lot of fruit!” In the same way, the fruit of the pirit is multiple but all developed through the Holy Spirit.

  4. I am wondefully bless having reading this article! More light into my heart and being to share the Gospel to others in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Having expirence the Spiritual birth it fuel my heart to standfast in the Lord with this
    marvelous 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit.

    Galiathians 5:22 As we Worship and praise the Lord with these 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit
    whatever belong, comes, and arise from the Pain, evil and tragedy is evacuate ”come and empty out” as we surrender to the will of God in Jesus Christ.

    God bless you and inspire you more and more.

  5. I am blessed reading through the article and a whole lot of testimonies. Thanks to the LORD ALMIGHTY GOD.
    I would like to feed more on such articles as I pray to be blessed financially to be able to support the work too financially in the name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Amen
    Remain blessed

  6. I began my Sanctification Process with you God many years ago but my Journey was in vain for I was as a Child who was at Play and did not Realize my Actions of playing in my Walk with you would Damage so many thru lack of Self control . The Consequence of my Actions have hurt many and God I Thank You Here And Now for you Making me see the Light .I will study and Count it now ALL AS JOY .

    • Michael I thank you for your honesty. Must of us will never reach where the Father wants to take us because we are not honest before GOD and Man. God Bless you.
      I am all in with GOD.

    • vowomenshomelamont….i got saved in May 2, when i invited the lord in my life. I went to a Womens /recovery home,, literally i was living in the street lost bound and blinded by the wants and the lust of the world. then i called on to the Lord, got saved, went to a recovery home, graduated, and stepped up to be a Womens home Director, so has a director i had to teach the women about all these fruits, literally i was tested in every fruit, from love all the way to self-control, I thank the Lord for his keeping power and his fruits that. I had to set the example to the hurting women to teach them to love, gentle words, bieng kind, faithful to God, and to have patients, and to have self control, in order to grow in the things of the Lord. I learned to humble myself and it was no longer me but Christ who lives within me. Thank you Lord for still keeping.

      • Amen to that, that is truly amazing. You should be proud of yourself for your diligent heart, and praise God for your transformation. We are living testimonies; a witness of His glory glory glory! worthy is the Lamb <3

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