When a person chooses to receive Jesus, his or her innermost being is fundamentally changed. The old, sinful spirit is exchanged for a new, pure spirit.
God himself in the form of the Holy Spirit lives in this person. The Holy Spirit is one with our spirit.
God lives in us
Therefore the “fruit of the Spirit” is produced constantly (Galatians 5:22-23): love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
This is God’s character.
The spirit is filled with this, but our soul, the place of thoughts and feelings, is not without help from us.
Therefore we do not always recognize these new characteristics automatically.
There are times in which we experience sadness, unbelievable anger, hate or worry, yet God’s peace is still in our innermost being, present and unchanged in our spirit.
What does the fruit of the Spirit look like?
Love – God’s love has nothing to do with feelings or affection. It is a decision.
Jesus died on the cross out of love for us. He did this against all feelings that he had during these long moments.
Joy – the joy of God makes us strong. It does not depend on external circumstances.
Peace – for us is only the absence of problems. But God’s peace is much more. In Greek, it means well-being and includes rest, safety and freedom through caring and trust.
Forbearance – or patience is quiet perseverance. Patience is not a passive action, but an active one.
Gentleness and meekness are closely related to one another and are often seen as weak characteristics. The opposite is true. God’s gentleness is without hardness. Meekness is kind and soft, and includes modesty and submission.
Jesus described himself as meek – he had full power, yet he did not use it to his advantage.
Goodness – God’s goodness is different to our goodness. His goodness does not pass away, as it does in our normal lives.
Faith – God’s faith is more than we know. God intends us to behave as faithfully towards him as Jesus has done.
Temperance – God never loses his temperance and his self-control.
The more we learn to live from the Spirit, the more this temperance will also become a reality in our lives.
We can choose whether our old traditional soul or whether the Holy Spirit will dominate our thoughts and feelings.
How does God’s fruit come into our soul?
The fruit of the Spirit will come into our soul by our reading the Bible, thinking about the messages and believing.
This requires discipline, but it is worth it.
If we are restless, we can read a passage in the Bible about God’s peace.
(Philippians 4:6-7): “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
This brochure will give you even more information about it: “The Fruit of the Spirit”.