“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:23).
The fruit of the Spirit flows naturally from Jesus who lives within you. It cannot be controlled by the demands of the law. Instead, it occurs authentically. Organically. It happens in a believer whose life is firmly and securely rooted in Jesus.
The fruit of the Spirit can’t be legislated any more than an apple tree can be commanded to produce apples. Apples grow because the tree is rooted in healthy soil.
Notice the “fruit” of the Spirit is singular. All of the fruit should be apparent in the life of a Christ-follower. And if fruit is not evident, you should be asking yourself the question: “Is my life truly rooted in Jesus?”
As Christians, we cannot judge a person’s eternal salvation, but we can look at a person’s fruit. At a minimum, we can ask the question: “Is this person truly a follower of Jesus?”
Root yourself deeply in Jesus. Then watch His fruit appear in and through you. No law can produce this fruit.
But when the root is healthy, so will be the fruit. It’s a permanent law of nature.
It’s a spiritual law of the universe.