Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23

Over the past few weeks we have been talking about the ministry of the Holy Spirit and some of the clear commands from the Word of God concerning the Spirit. We have looked at the commands that we not grieve or quench the Spirit. And that we are to walk in the Spirit, pray in the Spirit, and to be filled with the Spirit.

In John chapter 15 Jesus taught His disciples concerning the importance of bearing fruit. It is clear from this chapter that He wants us to bear fruit...more fruit...and much fruit, because this is the way we glorify Him. The word "fruit" is used in a number of different ways in the Scripture. It describes people won to Christ (Ro. 1:13), holy living (Ro. 6:22), gifts brought to God (Ro. 15:26-28), good works (Col. 1:10), and praise (Heb. 13:15). In our passage this evening the "fruit of the Spirit" has to do with character. It is the character of the Holy Spirit that God wants to see in our lives. So tonight, let's consider the matter of the fruit of the Spirit.

I. Note the Contrast between Works and Fruit.

II. The Fruit of the Spirit.

If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, as we are commanded to be, the fruit of the Spirit will be evident in our lives. The character of Christ will flow out of our lives. Note: v19-21 The other side of the coin is seen here. If we aren't filled with the Spirit, then we are filled with selfishness and carnality. Which is it for us this evening? Why not come this evening and yield yourself to God, ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit, determine to walk with Him each step of the way.