Series on the Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Introduction (Gal 5:22,23; 1Pet 4:7,8)
There are NINE fruits placed in the life of the believer
at salvation – list them
These are God’s replacements for the seventeen WORKS of
The works of the flesh occur naturally – they “just
happen” – they are the results of doing NOTHING – that’s why LAZINESS is
the source of the majority of our sins folks!
The fruit of the Spirit is a direct result of my personal
walk and relationship with Jesus Christ
Without spiritual fruit in my life, I am barren, empty
But the Christian was not saved to live that way
The FRUIT of the Holy Spirit is what we need – not the
gifts of the spirit
If a Christian is living an empty life spiritually, then
they need to realize that Christ has given them all they need already to defeat
all 18 sins
The fruits of the Spirit can be
intimidating. Working all nine of these traits into your life seems impossible,
and indeed it is. But the moment you became a Christian, the Holy Spirit began a
divine work to produce Christ's character in you. Regardless of who you are, the
Spirit works from the same model, Jesus Christ. The Spirit looks to Christ in
order to find the blueprint for your character.
It is as natural as the growth
of fruit on a tree. You do not have to orchestrate it on your own. It
automatically begins the moment you become a believer. How quickly it happens
depends upon how completely you yield yourself to the Holy Spirit's activity.
This message will focus on the
first fruit of the Holy Spirit - Love!
If you are a born again child of God, you have TWO loves
Natural love – love of the flesh, for things of the
flesh (Jn 8:44)
God’s love – love of the Holy Spirit of God, for the
things that are of God (Mk 8:33)
Every moment of every day, we are using one of those two
One of them is poured down the toilet of this world’s
system – never makes a difference – always ends up loving THINGS, the
CREATION, instead of the Creator!
The other one transforms both the receiver, AND the giver
of the love
If only we could get used to loving with God’s kind of
love, every moment of every day!
is a Planted Fruit
(Rom 5:5; Jn 5:39; 1Jn 4:7,8)
Not a normal kind of love, or a natural love – it is
planted in us by the Holy Spirit
a. People sing a lot about love - the best songs truly are love songs
b. But just because the whole world is so focused on love, and singing about love, and so many books are written these days about romance, and love - that doesn't mean they know the slightest what they are talking, writing and singing about!
2. The fruit of God’s Spirit is God’s love - it is called Charity, and it is like nothing this world has ever seen before! Whatever this kind of love is, according to 1 Peter 4:8, it is capable of covering, burying a multitude of sins - which is an amazing power!
3. The Meaning of Charity. What Charity is and is not
a. Charity is a distinctly Christian term - not a word normally used outside of Christianity. Modern bibles, and modern christians only talk about "love", but there are different words for love, with different meanings
1) If you say "love" you could be talking about:
a) Having "affection" towards someone or something
b) An "attraction" (I'm in luve) - infatuation
c) An "attachment" (I can't live without them) - "my girl"
d) Having an "affair," a fling
e) The physical “act” - making love
2) Do any of those sound very Christian? Not necessarily wrong, but, not much of God in any of them
3) Talking about a form of love unknown to the world (John 15:19; 1John 3:1)
4) Christian love is something that originated only in the Bible, and through personally knowing Jesus Christ through the new birth
b. Charity is not affection (fondness), or an attraction, or an attachment, or an affair, or an act
1) It is not love for lovely objects (Rom 5:6-8)
2) It is not shown towards someone like you (Mt 5:46,47) - has to be greater than normality
3) It is not initiated, or sustained by feelings or emotions
c. Charity however, is:
1) The by-product of being loved (1 John 4:8-11)
a) Starts with God (Dt 7:7,8) - a choice, simply because that is how God is (Jer 31:3). He is eternal, so also is His love!
b) It is Invested in an unworthy sinner. You have no life without the Source of life in you; and you have no real love until the Source of love dwells in your heart by faith!
c) It's then Reflected into a dark world - more than you can hold
d) He who has a problem with loving others, simply has not received the love of God, and does not know God!
2) Charity is the very Person of Jesus Christ - not an ideal, but a reality!
a) Interactive love - He lived, moved, interacted among us
b) Proactive love - Jesus was way ahead of our senses and desires. His love, charity was able to see what was really needed - that He lay down His life for us (John 15:13). Didn't have to be asked
c) Mature love - one that when everyone and everything went against Him, He remained for them
is a First Fruit – first on the List for a reason!
The FIRST thing in the life of the believer after
salvation will be the love of God shed abroad in our heart, and GOD deserves
that fruit FIRST
The world, your family, your boss will see the change in
you and will seek to drain away all the new found love you have
Make sure you give God your love first, and then there
will always be more for every other person – same with money!
Always for God (Pr 3:9,10; Mt 22:37,38)
Towards God Himself
Towards His word (Jn 14:23)
If love for God is settled every day, then love for anyone
else will be easy
Towards even enemies
The Priority of Loving God (1Cor 13:13; 16:14)
More important than Bible knowledge (1Cor 8:1)
More important than a life of good works (1Cor 13:1-3)
God’s love is the FIRST fruit to cultivate, so that the
other fruits blossom
a. Peace is love's security
b. Long-suffering is love's patience
c. Gentleness is love's conduct
d. Goodness is love's character
e. Faith is love's confidence
f. Meekness is love's humility
g. Temperance is love's victory
Without God’s love active in our lives, all the rest of
the fruits are ruined
is a Delicate Fruit
Because sin deadens our love (Mt 24:12) – therefore,
don’t waste God’s love on things of this world (1Jn 2:15-17)
Because unconfessed sin holds us back (Lk 7:47)!!!
To grow a garden of vibrant fruits in your garden:
Clear out the rubbish, weeds, rocks – seriously repent
Of any bitterness, distrust, unforgiveness, long memories
Empty out yourself – dump the rubbish bin of your life
Plant good seed – the word of God
Put up fencing – to protect against foxes and trampling
– standards and convictions
Water and feed – stay in God’s Word daily
Check on every chance you get – make sure to KEEP it
It is easy to neglect this fruit – as did Ephesus (Rev
As Christians, we MUST protect our love life towards God,
or EVERYTHING else falls apart, and we become worse off than the world
is an Unpopular Fruit
Commanded to love those that don’t love you (Lk 6:32)
Love without dissimulation/particularness (Rom 12:9,10)
We owe it to people (Rom 13:8)
We owe it even to our enemies (Mt 5:44)
God says for us not to work any ill towards anybody (Rom
If a Christian is going to love with God’s love, you
will suffer long for it
Because you will most often be misunderstood (2Cor 12:15)
Did you know that to speak the truth in love IS love?
Did you know that Faithful are the WOUNDS of a friend?!
Jesus love caused Him to suffer, and suffer He did!
Why do you think you can get away with anything less?
is the Best Fruit
It holds everything important in your life together (Col
It makes every battle, and every scar worthwhile
Most of all, it keeps me free from the works of the flesh
Which love are you trying to love God with? Most are
trying with their sensual, fleshly love, and God can’t satisfy that kind of
love, and God is not satisfied with that kind of love – anymore than a wife or
a husband would be
Have you ever received the Love of God into your
sin-cursed life? His name is Jesus! HE is the love of God (Jn 3:16)!
For many of you, there was a day when you did open the
door of your heart, and let Jesus in, and God’s love spread all over inside,
but iniquity has abounded and your love has grown cold – sin keeps us from
loving God, loving God’s people, and loving God’s word! You need to repent!
Because, love, God’s kind of Love is the best fruit to
have in your life!