The first three “Fruits of the Spirit” found in Galatians 5:22-23 are love, joy, and peace. Let’s take a look individually at these divine qualities of God’s own personality, remembering that He imparts these upon us through the workings of the Holy Spirit.
The Love Fruit
The first one listed is love, and appropriately so, since in Scripture, it is thoroughly explained that without love, nothing else matters. “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity (love), it profiteth me nothing.” (I Cor. 13:3 KJV)
As humans alone, we are not capable of truly loving ourselves or others without the internal help of the Holy Spirit. As the Spirit flows and enters our personalities, we are then able to love others with the intensity and unselfishness God intends and models for us. This love will be apparent to others around us in our lives, and will be obvious of God’s work in our lives.
The second fruit is joy, which is defined as “great delight or gladness of heart.” In this harsh world we live in with so much sorrow, hurt, destruction and weariness around us, we must remember that only God brings true joy. The temporary pleasures, happiness, and satisfaction that the world gives us are limited and shallow at best.
True, God-given joy is not only available to us, but it is also a lasting, deeply satisfying state that we can remain in while walking with the Holy Spirit. As He permeates our being and fills us with this joy, we are then able to give it to those around us. As the Scriptures say, “Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” (Isaiah 51:11 KJV)
The Fruit of Peace
The third quality is peace, or “the tranquility of soul, sense of well-being, or rest, harmony.” Without this wonderful and life-changing quality at work in the believer’s heart, there is discord, torment, adversity, and other unnecessary trials. Peace is real, and the ability to live at peace with those around is possible, but only with the Spirit’s help. “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:14 KJV)
Sounds good doesn’t it? This is one instance where the saying “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” does NOT apply. And to think this is only the first three Fruits of the Spirit…there are 6 more and they are just as powerful as these.