It is not enough to know what the Fruit of the Holy Spirit is. You need to understand how to produce them. Here’s an article that will help you accomplish this!
God and Jesus Christ commands and expects us to bear good fruit and not just any ordinary fruit, but the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We know from Galatians 5:22-23 that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control. Now that we know all these, we must understand how we can produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
It is worth noting that it is called the fruit of the Holy Spirit and not the fruit of ourselves. Left by ourselves, we can only be effective in doing the works of the flesh. Though we can produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit in some degrees, it will never be enough.
In this post, let me share with you 3 powerful ways for Christians to produce the Fruit of the Holy Spirit.
1. Be filled and led by the Holy Spirit
The first thing that we must realize is that we need the Holy Spirit for us to produce its fruit. Though it might be obvious, not all people have the Holy Spirit.
This leads us to another question. How do we receive the Holy Spirit?
The Apostle Peter clearly tells us, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:28). In addition to this, we also need hands to be laid upon us after baptism (Acts 8:17).
We must sincerely recognize that we are sinners and we are nothing apart from God. We need to confess our sins and genuinely repent of them. After that, we must be baptized by a minister of God and let hands be laid upon us. This is the way we receive the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit can do marvelous things in us. It is the power of God that enables us to change our ways. In fact, we can never overcome our sins and develop godly character without the help of the Holy Spirit.
2. Stay close to God and Christ
The second point we need to consider is that when we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, in effect, we are abiding in Christ. We read in John 15:1, 4-5:
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser… Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; FOR WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.”
From these verses, it is very clear that we are nothing without God and Christ. Notice, in order for us to bear fruit, we must be ATTACHED to the vine! The closer we are to God and Christ, the more fruits we can bear. We need the spiritual nutrition that we get from God and we can only obtain that if we abide in Christ.
If we stay stubborn and think that we can bear fruit by ourselves, fatal consequences await us. As John 15:6 tells us, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” This is a frightening thought that we must all think about.
The bottom line is this: if we want to bear fruit, we must stay close to God and Jesus. There’s NO other way.
3. Stay close to the Church of God
Finally, there is one special way that we can abide in Christ. We can achieve this by staying close to the God’s church or the “Body of Christ.” Notice I Corinthians 12:12-14, 27.
“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many… NOW YOU ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST, and members individually.”
The church is there to nourish us with spiritual food. Through the messages that we hear every Sabbath service, the teachings we read, and the advice we receive from our brethren, we can have the necessary wisdom to bear more fruit. As iron sharpens iron, we also spiritually grow when we are surrounded by like-minded people.
These are the most important and powerful ways we can bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We must remember these points. Don’t believe the lie that Satan feeds us. We can never bear good fruit without the help of the Holy Spirit that comes from God the Father and Jesus Christ. May we all produce the fruits that will help us be more effective Christians.