Earlier today, the Who Am I? post Who Am I? I Am a Fruit-Bearer, further fleshed out what Who Am I? I Am a Branch of the True Vine was beginning to discuss. Now, I want to add more “fruit” that a Christian should be bearing.

We looked 5 fruits in the previous post: 1. Obedience 2. Love 3. Joy 4. Peace 5. Patience

So, let me expand the list from 5 to 10 by adding 5 more fruit!

6. Kindness

If we abide in the True Vine we will obey his commands to love one another as he loves us, we will find joy in fulfilling what he commands, there will be a peace that is present in our souls and we will patiently bear with one another in love, but also kindness. It is one thing to seem patient and really be irritated. It is another thing to actually be kind while being patient. Love is kind right? Sure, sometimes words hurt. But words said in love from a kind person will only say things that are meant to help a person. That might mean that the words used are disciplinary words, but the end result of those loving words are meant for the good of another. Being kind is more than saying nice things. It is also saying things that are for the good of another. The fruit of kindness also includes your actions. There won’t be any eye rolling when someone asks you to do something you don’t want to do. You will gladly respond and fulfill their need. More could be said here….

7. Goodness

“Goodness (agathōsynē). “Goodness” is a rare word found only four times in the New Testament (and only in Paul). It conveys the idea of benevolence and generosity toward someone else, a going the second mile when such magnanimity is not required. We sometimes speak of a deed done “out of the goodness of one’s heart,” which comes close to the meaning here except that, as with all nine items in the list (Gal. 5:22-23), we are dealing with ethical characteristics produced in the believer by the Holy Spirit, not with natural qualities or personality traits cultivated apart from this supernatural dynamic.”

George, T. (1994). Galatians (Vol. 30, p. 403). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

Being good really isn’t good enough. It must be a goodness that flows from abiding in Christ. Have you picked up on this theme yet? If you aren’t abiding you won’t be obeying, loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, or good. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing (Jn 15:5).

8. Faithfulness

This is more than just believing in Christ and having “faith”. This is more so focusing on how if we are abiding in Christ we should be loyal to him and to his people. It means that our word is our bond. When we promise to do something we do it. When we commit to believing that Christ is our Lord and Savior we continually serve him from the point of conversion until death. Much like the wedding vows, “I, ___, take you, ___, for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part” we are making a vow with Christ to be faithful to him and to him alone.

9. Gentleness

“Gentleness (prätēs). This word connotes a submissive and teachable spirit toward God that manifests itself in genuine humility and consideration toward others. It is regrettable that the English word “gentleness” has come to have the popular connotation of a wimpish weakness and nonassertive lack of vigor. As an expression of the fruit of the Spirit, gentleness is strength under control, power harnessed in loving service and respectful actions. One who is gentle in this sense will not attempt to push others around or arrogantly impose one’s own will on subordinates or peers. But gentleness is not incompatible with decisive action and firm convictions. It was after all “gentle Jesus meek and mild” who expelled the mercenaries from the temple with a scourge because of their obstinate defilement of his Father’s house.”

George, T. (1994). Galatians (Vol. 30, p. 404). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

Being gentle does not mean you are a push-over or a weakling. Instead, you are teachable, humble, and selfless. You are able to be strong when you need to be and you are also able to back off someone when you need to. This goes well with self-control!

10. Self-Control

“The fact that self-control appears last in Paul’s list may indicate its importance as a summation of the preceding virtues.”

George, T. (1994). Galatians (Vol. 30, p. 404). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

Abiding in Christ produces fruit, but without this fruit, self-control, you might as well not have the others! Governing yourself in a godly manner means that you will have all ten of these fruits. But, you will especially have self-control. Being self-controlled is perhaps the hardest of all of these fruits, but certainly most rewarding in the end.

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25).

As if I haven’t said it enough, let me say it one final time. Abide in Christ. The result of that is bearing fruit. Be a fruit-bearer.

Application

Which of these 10 fruits do you see present in your life already?

Which of these 10 fruits do you think you lack? Choose one or two to really work on this week.

Which of these fruits do you see in others around you who are believers? What are they doing to exhibit them? How might you imitate them?

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