Spiritual Fruit Part 2: Teaching Notes

Spiritual Fruit: Part 2 | Galatians 5:22-23

Pastor Jason Huffman | August 28th, 2022

Teaching Notes

Last we discussed the important idea:

The fruit of the Spirit is the product of the Holy Spirit.

When we are filled with God’s Spirit…

…God’s fruit will be the result.

AND…If we want to be more fruitful, we need to be intentional about the condition of our heart

and the garden of our life.

We don’t “focus on being more patient”…

…We focus on being more connected to Christ— He is patient.

We don’t focus on being more loving…

…we focus on being more connected with Christ— He is love.

It is not about me or for me.

It is not about me working harder to produce more fruit.

It is about God working in me.

Jesus said, John 15:4 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.

Big Idea:

The fruit of the Spirit is circumstantially independent.

…But spiritually dependent on the Spirit!

As we abide or depend or stay connected to Jesus…

…we will bear fruit.

What does that fruit look like?

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,

kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control.

What does this fruit look like in a real person? It looks like Jesus!

These are attributes of the life of Christ that appear in Christ and they overlap with each other

as they are all part of the same fruit.

The best place to see the fruit of the Spirit is to look to Jesus.

Let’s start with LOVE…

Love is the key attribute of the fruit of the Spirit.

Like a lemon is sour and a pineapple is from Hawaii.

Love is the Greek word Agapeo and it is unconditional.

Some would say that every other part of the fruit of the Spirit comes out of love.

Donald Barnhouse said this:

“Love is the key. Joy is love singing. Peace is love resting. Patience is love enduring. Kindness is

love’s truth. Goodness is love’s character. Faithfulness is love’s habit. Gentleness is love’s selfforgetfulness.

Self-control is being the reins”

Jesus told us in John 3:16 the mission of God was based on love.

For God so loved the world, He sent His only begotten Son.

God is love, His motive is love…

…And as followers of Christ, Jesus said…

…they will know that we are His disciples by our love.

Not our answers, our service, our gifts or morality-but our love!

1. Love wants the best for others.

Love both desires and acts on the best interest of its object.

Biblical love is not just an idea but an action.

Earthly love is tied to interior feelings and outside pleasures.

There are several other kinds of earthly love.

Eros-erotic love, Phileo-brotherly love, Storge-familial love…

You are beautiful, I love you.

You are my friend, I love you.

You are my grandma, I love you.

Earthly love is a response to natural affections.

How I feel or how someone else makes me feel.

BUT…these all have an external origin.

I love them because they make me tacos.

I love them because they make me happy.

I love them because they are helpful.

I love them because they are nice to look at.

Any time our love is “because” it is probably not God’s love.

God has no because, He just loves. He is love.

Christian love originates from the heart of God…

…and is poured out into our hearts as Christians.

We love because He first loved us…

Without knowing His love, I can’t love like Him.

Without having His love, I can’t give it to others.

Without experiencing his love, I can’t share it with others.

Without the presence of His love, I can’t show it to others.

Love is seen in every action of Christ.

He consistently, unconditionally acted in the best interest of others

When Jesus healed Peter’s sick mother.

When Jesus taught God’s word to the lost.

When Jesus paid Peter’s taxes.

When Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery.

…It was all because of love.

And lastly…

Jesus said, there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend…and that is what He

did.

A willing, self sacrificing love for the benefit of others is the pinnacle of biblical love.

I love because God is love and His love is in me…

…So I want the best for you.

The world does not understand this kind of love.

But, there is such transforming power in this kind of love.

Christians historically created hospitals and orphanages from love

To know someone wants only the best for you.

They are not using you.

They are not wanting something in return.

They just want the best for you.

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Joy is not happiness.

It is not a response to circumstance.

JOY is a delight in God for the beauty and worth of who He is.

Joy is not based on the blessings but the Blesser.

2. Joy is the result of trust in God’s goodness.

Jesus rejoiced in God’s goodness to reveal himself to babes

Jesus told us there is joy in heaven when a sinner repents…

…They rejoice at the goodness of God.

This is why we can count it all joy when we fall into various trials…

…we can count it joy because God is good and working.

In John 17:3 Jesus prayed that His joy would be fulfilled in us

3But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy

fulfilled in themselves.

What were His words for our joy?

He spoke of God’s word, God’s protection, and God’s ultimate plan of salvation…knowing all of

this we know God’s goodness.

We belong to Him, He is for us, He is with us, and He is working through us…there is deep joy.

Joy and happiness are not the same.

Happiness comes from outside and involves my own pleasure.

Joy comes from within and involves God and others.

“Joy is choosing to respond to external circumstances with inner contentment and satisfaction,

because we know that God will use these experiences to accomplish His work in and through

our lives.”

Joy has a meaningful depth as I become a vehicle for the goodness of God…

…while being happy is a shallow focus on myself.

I ate tacos. I am happy.

I made tacos for my family. I have joy.

I made tacos for my family and ate tacos too.

…I am happy and joyful!

Seeing a baby can make me happy.

Taking care of a baby can bring joy.

Taking care of a baby and…

…seeing a baby can make me happy and joyful.

Going surfing can make me happy.

But teaching someone to surf can bring joy.

Joy is often a choice of faith that we make because…

…BUT…I don’t just choose joy…

…I choose to trust and even pattern in God’s goodness…

…and joy appears.

Maybe Jesus’ greatest joy was that joy set before Him that helped Him endure the cross,

despising the shame.

That joy that knew He was part of the good work of God for us.

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The next attribute of the Spirit’s fruit is peace.

3. Peace is confidence and rest in God.

God is wise, God is good, God is in control, and I am at peace.

A fleshly peace would be the removal of difficulties and pain.

This is not a biblical idea of peace.

Eastern mystics seek to attain peace…

…but peace is not attained through doing or even not doing.

…Peace is enjoyed by believing.

After Jesus’ very first message, they wanted to kill Him…

…but He slipped through the crowd and walked away.

When the storm was blowing and the waves were crashing…

…Jesus slept in the boat.

When Jerusalem was in an uproar and many wanted Him dead…

…Jesus did not react, respond with anger, or even avoid the issue

Jesus had peace and continued doing what He was called to do.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to

you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you

will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Don’t be afraid, don’t be troubled, we will have tribulation…

…but we also have peace because of His power.

Again the crucifixion gives the greatest picture of the fruit…

Jesus sweat blood and begged for the cup to pass from Him…

…But He had peace in spite of turmoil.

Peace gives me the ability to have calm in the storm…

…therefore I act not react, love not hate, forgive, not strike out.

His peace enabled Him to heal while they were coming to kill.

His peace enabled Him to forgive, when He was nailed to a cross

His peace enabled Him to pray as He died an excruciating death.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts

in You.

I don’t focus on peace, I focus on God and I have peace.

Again the fruit of the Spirit is not dependent on circumstance

It is dependent on the Spirit.

But also know it is His fruit so…

…If I don’t have peace with God…I won’t enjoy the peace of God.

Jesus had the peace that passes understanding.

Jesus lived in the quiet confidence of a life hid in God…

…when His life is in us, we can enjoy that same peace as well.

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Long-suffering or patience is next on the list of the description of the Fruit of the Spirit.

Patience means the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting

angry or upset.

Patience is a fruit connected to trusting God’s sovereign work.

I am not restless or annoyed…I am patient and trusting the Lord.

…God knows best, and He is working in His own timing and way.

Life is full of difficulties, trying times, troubling situations, and annoying people…and that is

just at home!

But when I am abiding in Christ…I am patient.

4. Patience is the ability to endure and glorify God.

I don’t give up. I don’t get fed up. I don’t blow up.

I endure in a way that pleases God.

Jesus was patient with his disciples,

They did not understand what He was teaching.

They would be afraid in the storm.

They were worried about the future.

They argued about who was the greatest.

…But Jesus continued to teach, love, and disciple them.

Jesus even knew Peter would deny Him, and with patience…

…Jesus gave Peter a future and a hope.

Patience gives us the ability to endure, to suffer long, and still to want the best for someone.

“This situation is driving me nuts, but I still do what is right and best for you.”

Patience doesn’t mean nothing bothers me.

It means that I entrust what bothers me to the Lord and His plan.

Patience allows me to look beyond the current state of things and look forward to the future

plan of God.

Patience allows me to continue to pray or serve or evangelize no matter the results for

God’s glory.

Patience helps me teach my child to ride a bike or tie his show or eat with a fork and

want the best for him not me.

Patience allows me to wait in traffic or endure a long check out line or listen to a

talkative neighbor because I am trusting God’s good plan and His perfect timing.

These are the aspects of the fruit of the Spirit.

This is how Jesus lived it out.

Jesus and the Father were one, so He bore much fruit.

My prayer is that we would be so focused on the Lord, so intent on His purpose, so in love with

His word, so trusting in His timing, so desiring His work that we would bear much fruit.

Jesus is love, joy, peace, and patience…

…And these attributes of His fruit will be alive in us.

There was a time just this week where I noticed my love for others was low, my joy was down,

my peace was dependent and my patience thin.

I realized it wasn’t about those things, but as I looked to the Lord.

As I reconnected with Him, those things returned.

Don’t seek the gifts, but seek the Giver.

That is where it all comes from.

Abide in Him this week and you will bear much fruit.

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