But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Against Such There Is No Law
The fruit of the Spirit is a complete list of virtues that will enable the bearer of such character to be perfect before the Father. All of the challenges faced in battling Satan can be defeated when the fruits of the Holy Spirit are adorned in the life of those who seek to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. He lived a perfect life because the Lord embodied every fruit of the Spirit. Seeking the perfection of the Father can only be accomplished through the qualities of these nine blessings of grace that will ensure the victory over sin.
One of the most important parts of a Christian’s life is self-examination. The weakness found in the life of a disciple can be measured by the lacking of one or more of the nine fruits of the Spirit. Doctors are trained to look for symptoms that lead to disease and to diagnose the maladies of the body that can bring sickness and death. In a spiritual view, one seeking to perfect their life before God as holy and righteous can only do so through the view of the fruits of the Spirit. Personal examination of the fruit of love will make changes in a character flawed by anger, bitterness and wrath. Adultery, fornication, uncleanness and lewdness will bring death to the child of God but taking the fruit of self-control and goodness will keep the passions away. Joy and peace will infuse the spirit of the Christian with the power to resist hatred, contentions, and jealousies. Outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions and heresies are controlled through the fruit of kindness, goodness and faithfulness. The fruit of the Spirit is the antidote to sin in every form.
Paul declares the lusts of the flesh wars against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. Being led by the Spirit will empower the child of God to destroy the harmful influences of the works of the flesh that will destroy the soul. It must be made very clear: engaging in the works of the flesh will bring eternal punishment. Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God! The works of the flesh may bring joy in this life but they will bring eternal terror in the next. Defeating the works of the flesh can only come from taking the fruit of the Spirit and filling every part of life with its blessing. The nine fruits of the Spirit are a complete basket of God’s grace given to all men to know the joy of eternal salvation. If there is any part of life that is challenged with the wiles of the devil, find the fruit that will inoculate the sin and keeping eating the fruit to conquer the sin. It is a proven and perfect plan.