Notice the word, fruit, one fruit and the verb, is, singular. One fruit with several attributes; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Like the facets of a diamond. Jesus says ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. (John 16:24) Like Elijah, we are to pray. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours and he prayed fervently. (James 5:17) Let that sink in, he had a nature like ours. When you read his life’s contributions, they make him sound anything but someone who had a nature like ours. That is the result of prayer, asking, and the possessing of the fruit of the Spirit.
Fruit matures slowly, it is a process. It receives sustenance for growth, change and maturity. We should be in the Word for sustenance (the Bread of Life), and we should exhibit growth, change and maturity. Not of our own doing, it is the work of the Spirit in us and it takes faithfulness on our part and time. Note also the word in. Not of or about but in, a picture of indwelling, feeding, nourishing, developing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Fruit of the Spirit is love…there are definite similarities here. Possessing the fruit of the Spirit will ensure possessing love or filled with God’s Spirit encourages the growth of the fruit, through the constant flow of God’s love as it becomes our love.
The fruit is then given to provide food, nourishment, pleasure, growth, change, maturity. Each fruit is complete and mature with the potential to birth new trees rooted in God’s Word and a cycle of life continues…
Are you a part of this cycle of life/love?