9 Fruits of The Holy Spirit
Bible Scripture Study
Lesson 2: Love, Joy and Peace
By this shall all men know
that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. ~ John 13:35
In Lesson 1 of
your Fruits of the Holy Spirit Bible Study,
we discussed the purposes for developing spiritual fruit. We
learned that these Fruits are outward signs of an inward change in
life. Although they do not appear over night, they are proof
that you are God's
work in progress.
But, Galatians 5 is not the only place in the Word that we see
references to these signs that God's holy hand is at work.
We are going to engage in what I like to call a Bible Scripture Study -
Scouring the scriptures for all that God has to say on a
subject. It's time to
discover what else God's Word tells you about each of the 9 Fruits of
the Holy Spirit.
Closer Look At Each of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit
But the Holy Spirit
produces this kind of fruit in our lives:
There is no law against these things!
- Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
By this shall all men
ye are my disciples,
if ye have love
one to another.
The Greek word used in Galatians 5, and again here in
John 13, is Agape.
This is the kind of love that God loves us with - It
is self-sacrificing. It
And, let's face it, it is impossible for
to achieve on their own. It can only be developed as a Fruit
of the Holy Spirit.
But, Jesus says that developing this kind of love in your
heart is the only way the world will be able to
identify you as His. In Matthew, Jesus explains that Agapao
(the verb form of Agape) is the actual basis of Christianity.
I could write an entire study on the importance of
the fact that
Jesus uses the verb form here - And how that shows us that love is an
action word. In fact, agapao is so vital to so many areas of your daily life, I ended up spending a full 2 hours teaching on it in our Fruits of the Holy Spirit online Bible class!
Jesus tells us that everything God calls us to boils down to
You must love the Lord
with all your heart, all your soul, and all your
the first and greatest commandment.
second is equally
Love your neighbor as
The entire law and all the
demands of the prophets
are based on these two commandments.
22: 36-40 (NLT)
There is no wonder why Paul lists love first in his description of the
Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
are two kinds of joy. The fleeting joy that the world gives.
And the lasting joy that God's Spirit provides.
The joy that we find in this world is allusive. It is like
chasing a mirage.
People spend years thinking that when they finally get that promotion,
or when they eventually get out of debt - They will be happy.
And, yet, when they finally reach the place where they thought they
would find happiness, they only experience more longing.
Why? They foolishly thought that they were the source of
their own joy.
But, your Heavenly Father doesn't want His child sitting around
"grieved and depressed." That's why God's Word says that He's
very joy of the Lord to be your
strength and stronghold (Nehemiah 8:10 -AMP).
So, while the world is searching for happiness, the Holy Spirit is
sprouting seeds of joy and gladness inside of you. And this
of the Holy Spirit is God's gift, to be your strength in times
are two kinds of peace that we have as Christians. We have
peace with God, and we have the peace of God. Let me explain
You will learn in a future lesson about the
Holy Spirit in the Old testament that, before Jesus, we were
not allowed to be in the presence of God. But, through Jesus'
our peace with God was purchased.
SINCE we are justified
(acquitted, declared righteous, and given a
right standing with God)
let us [grasp the fact that we]
[the peace of reconciliation to hold and to [enjoy] peace with
our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)
-Romans 5:1 (AMP)
In addition to Jesus' death buying you peace with God, it also serves
as a cleansing sacrifice to allow you into the presence of the Lord.
With the Holy Spirit now living inside of you, you are able to
experience the peace of God. This is the kind of peace that
the Fruit of the Holy Spirit manifests.
We are told in Philippians how
to receive this peace for ourselves.
Don’t worry about anything;
instead, pray about
Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has
will experience God’s peace,
we can understand.
His peace will guard your
hearts and minds
live in Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
In our Spirit Controlled Life Bible Class
, I called this scripture your "Peace Treaty." You are promised a peace that exceeds your understanding. That
means, it is a peace that does not make sense to us mentally.
In times when we should be pulling out our hair and biting
our nails, we feel an overwhelming peace in our spirits.
I think that, more and more, bearing this Fruit of the Holy
Spirit is something that
Christians struggle with. I find so many Believers who are
struggling with fear, doubt, stress and anxiety. But, you don't have to
live like that. God's Holy Spirit can set you free from the
bondage of your thoughts and give you a peace that passes all
of the Holy Spirit Bible Scripture Study
- Why do you think that it is significant that Jesus
uses the action verb Agapao to describe the kind of love that the Holy
Spirit wants to develop inside of you?
- Why do you think God tells you that His
joy is what acts as your strength during trying times? Can you think of
a time when His joy kept you strong?
- Why do you think so many Christians today struggle
with receiving and maintaining God's peace? Do you feel that
have a problem maintaining your peace?
9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit Bible Scripture Study
|Lesson 1: Have
You Been Marked?
Love, Joy, and Peace
Endurance, Kindness, and Goodness
Faith, Gentleness, and Self-Control