THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
T. PIERCE BROWN
In Galatians 5:22-23, we find, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control; against such there is no law.” I do not know that I can prove it, or that it would be of any value if I could, but my present opinion is that he used the word “fruit” instead of “fruits” for a reason.
I suggest that the reason might be that the fruit of the Spirit is not produced item by item, but comes in bunches, so to speak. That is, when you have the kind of love produced by the Spirit, you will also have joy and peace. When you mature in self-control, you will also have longsuffering and kindness.
For purposes of study, you may separate and emphasize any one or two, but they all grow on the same vine and in the same cluster. So we urge you to pick any one fruit named and cooperate with the Spirit in developing it. You will discover that you will have far more than you thought you would have as you determined to have a life directed by the Spirit through the word.