The Fruit of the Spirit

It is About Being Formed into Fruit

20130823-170751.jpg Here, then, is the place of spiritual formation in the church. The goal of the indwelling is the production of fruit that can be enjoyed by the world. This is the “so that” of the priestly prayer. The church focuses on its mutual indwelling, not so that individual souls can go to Heaven when they die, but that the whole world can taste and see that the Lord is good.

the-Vine-and-the-Branches-TrinityThe fruit of the Spirit, as mentioned above, is articulated in Galatians 5:22-23. The fruit of the Spirit is love. Love is the singular fruit of the Spirit that is pluriform and becomes whatever is needed according to the direction it flows within a particular context. Love becomes what the other needs. Sometimes it is joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.1 This singular and pluriform nature of love is further exemplified in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. This is a description of God’s love that is the fruit of the perichoretic power of God-in-community with the Church and the World.

  1. Gary Simpson, “Fruit of the Spirit” in Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, ed. Joel B. Green (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011). 319. []

2 thoughts on “The Fruit of the Spirit”

  1. This is my favorite drawing that you have shared! I appreciate the focus on fruit and that the end product, wine, or love, or all the fruits of the Spirit–joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc., is good for all to see and experience. This is how the world should notice Christians are different, by their love, their fruits, not what they say but what they do and their attitude. Sometimes it opens doors to conversations that are spiritual and allow me to support another in their walk, or vice versa. A wise Christian told me, “look for the fruits” to know if someone is a Christian. Sometimes it is important that we are not led to follow people who profess the faith but do not practice it or live it. I see this as instructional–not to judge, but to know. The sparkle, the kindness, patience, gentleness of another can draw me to them in a subtle way, if I take the time to notice!

    1. Thanks for the feedback. This image is the core of all my research. It is the central image of the Gospel, in my opinion. We abide, God does the miraculous work of producing fruit.

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