But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
One of the first things preschool children learn to identify are various kinds of fruit, either through pictures or the fruit. After that they transfer the knowledge of the fruit to the tree that it grows on: apples grow on apple trees and oranges grow on orange trees. The lesson? You can tell a tree by its fruit.
Jesus used that simple connection to make a powerful spiritual analogy. When warning His followers about false prophets He said, “You will know them by their fruits”. He went on to explain, “Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.” In fact, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit”. So if the spiritual fruit coming from a person is bad, it is a clear indication of the nature of the tree that bears the fruit. Fortunately, we have examples of the kind of good fruit produced by the Holy Spirit as a standard.
Let’s search ourselves by asking: What kind of fruit are we bearing?