This lesson discusses the fruit of the Holy Spirit. In the next lesson we will learn of contrasting qualities called the works of the flesh. In a final lesson we will learn how to develop spiritual fruit.
WHAT IS THE FRUIT?
The fruit of the Holy Spirit refers to the nature of the Spirit revealed in the life of the believer. This fruit is spiritual qualities which should be evident in the lives of all Christians.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for power. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is for character in the life of a believer. The following chart illustrates differences between spiritual gifts and fruit:
Spiritual fruit is evidence of spiritual maturity. Like fruit in the natural world, it is a product which is the result of the process of life. Spiritual fruit is Christian character in both personal and social conduct and is a product of the Holy Spirit at work in your life and your response to this work. Just as fruit takes time to develop in the natural world, spiritual fruit takes time to develop. It is the product of natural growth in the life of the Spirit.
TWO KINDS OF FRUIT
The Bible speaks of two kinds of spiritual fruit:
1. The fruit of evangelism.
2. The fruit of Godly spiritual qualities.
The Holy Spirit helps believers bear outer fruit by making them a powerful witness of the Gospel message. He also develops the inner fruit of Christ-like spiritual qualities in their lives.