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. Excellent job explaining & allowing the Holy Spirit to work in & thru you so believers can also learn the full truth. It’s important to grow in the Lord and have the fruit of the Holy Spirit! This helps us to be used of God as well to our full potential! This was very well explained & a blessing to read! God bless

  2. Thank you for such priviledge. My heart desire to walk with the almighty God.The 9 fruits of the Spirit timeline i will work with,i will give my heavenly father my undivided attention to work through me and for me. I pray that God will continues to use you and manifest his power through you.Thank you again and God bless

  3. Thank you so much!!This is what I having been seeking and your presentation is so simple and easy to understand. “My cup runneth over” with thanksgiving and praise to our God, who supplies our every need. My need is for more fruits to become evident in my life
    so that like Paul, I can say” It is no longer me, but Christ in me”. Keep it coming! In Him,

  4. Does everyone has the fruit of the Spirit in them. Or only believers have to nurture it to grow

    • Yes. Everyone is born with the fruits in them. As one grows and has an intimate relationship with God, the Fruits become evident in ones actions, personality, and how they are seen by others. And most importantly how they are seen by God. When you become saved by Grace, these fruits flourish in you, but only if you are receptive.

  5. Hi. Thanks for the article. Just wondering what will happen to those believers who don’t respond to this sanctifying work when the Lord comes for His Bride who is without spot and blemish?

  6. Praise your mighty name oh Lord. We love you Lord. Awesome help you work everything for the best of your people who are desperate to know Lord. We love and thank you Holy Spirit.

  7. Thank you so much!!! I do want to draw closer to God ,now I’m going to live the fruits of the spirits, this has been on my heart I see so many people that is so far from the fruits of the spirits , thank you.Brenda

  8. I like to use the analogy of an apple. You have one fruit and all the different aspects or parts of the apple. You have the skin or peal, then you have the meat of the apple, you have the core, the seeds and the stem. All of these parts make the apple, one fruit.

  9. This article is a blessing, I am bless I give God the glory. May the Lord bless you and keep you

  10. These are not just words,you must learn to put each one of these fruit into action,in everything you do and say, in Colossians;3;17- And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. In Hebrews;12;14;- Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: God has not changed,some of us has changed,and the world has changed,but as children of GOD WE MUST REMAIN FAITHFUL AND LIVE HOLY BEFOR HIM; IN 1-PETER;1;15-16-15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.ALWAYS REMEMBER I CAN DO ALL THING THRUOUGH CHRIST WHO IS MY STRENTH; GOD BLESS YOU; EARL WRIGHT

  11. I got the series and the last study in Joy it refers to Matthew 28:21, 23. Yet I have not seen any reference to that?

  12. I was looking for the fruits to explain to my class of children how to live a Christian life. I think us adults need this refresher course as well. God bless you and work in you with this study. Knowledge is power. So is prayer.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

    • 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

  17. 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.

    • singular and plural term for fruit is appropriate. You don’t say “look at all this fruits”

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

    • 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

    • 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

      • 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

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