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Fruits of the Holy Spirit : Nine Virtues of CHRIST

Updated on April 27, 2011


But the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. " Galatians 5: 22-23

If a person is filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit then all the virtues in Galatians 5 :22-23 will be clearly manifested in that person's life. The nine virtues in this passage are actually the nine great virtues of Christ. As we are controlled by the Holy Spirit , God imparts these virtues to us


The Holy Spirit imparts to us the virtue of LOVE. I Corinthians 13 describes true Christlike love. Love radiates from a spirit filled person. A church which is truly spirit filled overflows with love. A distinguishing mark of a true disciple of Christ is love. As it is written in John 13:35 :"All men will know that you are m disciples, if you love one another." The New Testament church is truly a spirit-filled church which overflows with love as it is ahown in Acts 4:32-34. Love flows out spontaneously from a spirit-filled person, both love for God and love for men. It is Christ's love for both God and men the one that led him to calvary, love for God's glory and perfect will and love for man's eternal soul. God's love is the ultimate reason for the incarnation and crucifixion of the Son of God.


A spirit-filled person has joy on his heart. Joy and pleasure are two different things. A person maybe suffering from a chain of misfortune but still have joy in his heart. Like the Apostle Paul, though suffered greatly , endured so much tribulation for the sake of the Gospel, never lost his joy as a christian. In contrary ,a person maybe full of earthly pleasures,but still does not have real joy in his heart. Like the rich people who are living apart from the ways of God, they may have lots of pleasures in this world because of their material possessions, but you will still hear some of them who despite of afflurnce are not still happy. It is because the joy of the Lord is not present in their lives.


Another wonderful virtue imparted to us b the Holy Spirit is PEACE, which is actually the peace of Jesus Christ as it is written in John 14:27 ; " Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives." Despite the uncertainties of the future, despite the various problems attacking our economy, despite the present upheavals in our society, a spirit-filled Christian could still remain relaxed, calm, serene. Because the peace of JesusChrist is in his heart. One perfect example in the life of Christ demonstrating his peace was during the coming of a battalion of soldiers to arrest him in the garden of Gethsemane. A large group of soldiers armed with swords and clubs came to arrest him that night of his betrayal. Jesus yielded himself freely to them. That is the perfect peace of JesusChrist.


Longsuffering is synanimous to patient and enduring. Longsuffering is one of the virtues possessed by God so by Christ also. God was longsuffering to Israel , as JesusChrist was longsuffering to his disciples. The disciples during their early life with Jesus were still carnal. Jesus has been very longsuffering in dealing with them. As Christians, longsuffering must be one of our virtues. We must be longsuffering with the weaknesses of out brothers and sisters in the faith. We must be longsuffering with the people we are leading to Christ.


Kindness is synanimous to compassion, generosity, goodness of heart, goodness in deeds or actions. The virtue is very much present in the person of the Father and so with the person of JesusChrist, JesusChrist has shown great kindness to a lot of people surrounding him during his sojourn here on earth. He has shown kindness by healing their infirmities, their disabilities and physical defects, by feeding them and by teaching them the ways of God. As we become controlled by the Holy Spirit, true kindness radiates from us . We become more considerate to people,we become compassionate to the needy, to the lost. That is why many are driven to missions because this fruit of the Holy Spirit is greatly imparted to them.


According to Jesus, only one possess this virtue, and that is God as he counsel the rich young ruler. How does goodness differ from kindness? The word is synanimous to suitable or worthy. The term is also used for the servant who invested well his resources. He is called good and faithful servant. It also indicates that something is functioning well. If we said that this watch is no good anymore, it won't keep track of the right time any longer. Jesus said that a good tree produces goof fruit, that is the tree functions properly. Something is good when it works. Jesus constantly produced and He never failed. His teachings made a lasting and profound impressions. Goodness is one of the virtues impart to us by the Holy Spirit. We could only function well as Christian if we allow the Holy Spirit to control us. We can become the good trees that produce good fruits as the Holy Spirit controls us.


God was faithful in fulfilling his promise to Abraham. He is ever faithful to Israel. Jesus was faithful in his love for his disciples. Jesus is faithful to his promises. Jesus showed his faithfulness to the scripture and to the will of the Father until his death on the cross.He is faithful as High Priest. Jesus calls Himself the Faithful Witness. He is the standard of faithfulness by which we measure ourselves. God is ever faithful to us at all times though sometimes we fail. As we are filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit, the virtue is reflected upon us. We also become faithful to him. We become faithful to our commitment to others. Faithfulness in not inherent in man, it is only a God-given virtue.


Gentleness is synanimous to meekness. Jesus claimed meekness for himself and significantly coupled it with being "lowly in heart." His meekness is worthy of our imitation. Meekness of a Christian is displayed by accepting God's dealings with us as good without any resistance. This is a display of lowliness before God and humility before men.


Self-control is a discipline, but it cannot be imposed from an outside source. Self-control cannot be achieved by training rather self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual Christian has this quality, not as a result of will power or effort but as a result of the work of the Holy Spirit in his lives. Jesus excercised much self-control during his earthly life. A spirit-controlled Christian has self-control in all aspects of his/her life. He has self-control in his thoughts, words, deeds, emotions. he knows well how to handle his emotions and thoughts. He is an emotionally mature person.


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      Andrew 5 years ago

      thank you for this information it really help me learn more about god

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      maria rosario narit 5 years ago

      Hey Ji Ann thank you for reading this too. I had and has lead me to even read this every afternoon. I hope you'll read this hub again. :)

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      Sid Williams 5 years ago

      9 fruits = 7 spirits:

      Goodness + Kindness = One God - Ephesians 4.6.

      Peace + Self-control = One Lord - Ephesians 4.5..

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      Samantha 6 years ago

      This was great knowledge on this topic..It helped a lot on some questions I had and has lead me to even more which means growing in knowledge i love to hear other people talk on the subjects i am researching in the bible to help get a deeper insight to the meanings of things..thanks so much for this hub..have a blessed day!!!

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      Julie 6 years ago

      hi im taking comfirmation and i need to study theses thxs

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi Brother Eddie Perkins I am glad to read your comments for this hub. I am greatly encouraged by these comments. Thank you for gracing and appreciating this hub. Yes the work of the Holy Spirit truly makes a great change in us. Blessings to you and regards.

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      Eddie-Perkins 6 years ago

      What a powerful message for everyone who claims the name of Jesus Christ! Thank you for these thoughts Maria Cristina. What a contrast to the works of the flesh that we’ve done before meeting Jesus and before surrendering the power of the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. Be blessed my Sister Maria Cristina and keep writing for our Lord. Vote up awesome

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi Maralexa and Jason !thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Blessings to you always and best regards.

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      Marilyn Alexander 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      This is a beautiful article! How discerning of you to write it this way. I truly love the information and your good writing.

      Blessings, Maralexa

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      JasonPLittleton 6 years ago

      You published amazing hub, Thanks for this.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi CMerritt it is great to hear from you. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Yes each day of his life a christian must try his best to work out these nine virtues of Christ in his own life. Blessings to you and regards.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi James thanks for appreciating this hub. As always your visit and comments are great encouragement to me. Blessings to you and your family. Best regards.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I love this hub! I totally agree with you about the fruit of the Spirit. I believe THIS is what difines a Christian. It should be every Christians goal to obtain these, and apply them to their lifestyle...THEN, and only THEN, will a true testamony to Christ will be given.

      Excellent in the way you broke it down...

      I vote up awesome and useful.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Yes! This Hub delivers a wonderful message. You are spot on. The nine virtues of Christ have never been explicated better. Well done!!

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      Rev.Guru 6 years ago

      It is very good see this explanation. This is very much useful to teach the church the needed subject which is missed always where the main emphasis has been on gifts of the holy spirit.

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      Richard Fernandes 7 years ago

      Cristina327, very well explained and easy to understand the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      Thank you steven oliver for appreciating this hub. Your comment is a great encouragement to me. Blessings to you and regards.

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      steven oliver 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Cristina327, this is great! A true commentary on the Fruit of the Spirit... every Spirit-filled believer could benefit by reading these insights! Awesome stuff!

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi christ4ever it is great to hear from you. Thank for dropping by. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Blessings to you.

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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 7 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      AMEN--The indwelling of the Holy Spirit keeps us focused, on course and filled with heavenly virtues on our walk with Christ as the perfect role model.


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      Artin2010 7 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Thank You for this wonderful explanation of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. I am refreshed after reading this! The powers of the Great Holy Spirit are as much a mystery as the complete works of our Father, God! Amazing is the glory of all things considered holiness to this world. Enjoyed this one. I will be reading more of you, I know there is a blessing in your writing. God Bless!

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 8 years ago from Manila

      Hi Dave Mathews it is nice to hear from you again. It is very encouraging to read your comment. Regards and remain blessed.

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      Dave Mathews 8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      (Ate) Cristina,It is so good to find a Sister of God who can write in such a powerfully expressive way. Your writing uplifts me in such a powerful way. Thank You Cristina.


      KUYA Dave.

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      Neil74 8 years ago

      Glad to find a kababayan here. And in fact. Proud too of what you wrote.

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      newwoman54 8 years ago

      Thanks for this hub.

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      SL Perrin 8 years ago from South Carolina

      cristina thank you for this moving piece. I did a bible study once on these tender yet strong holding fruits, and we as a group gained much from the study. This piece was heartfelt and much appreciated.

      My pieces are more of showing how Scripture and daily living are to be in harmony.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 8 years ago from Manila

      Thank you DeBorrah K. Ogans for dropping by and taking time to read this insight. Merry Christmas to you and your family. May you have the best of the season.God bless.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Cristina327, This is a wonderful hub! These are Very good points you have brought out about the virtues of The Fruit of the Spirit! Thank You for sharing, Blessings!

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      Gifty Conteh 8 years ago from Uganda

      God Bless you Cristina. Every christian ( Christlike ) should desire to bear these fruits and because thay are fruits the more of them you grow the more they multiply in your life and you begin to affect everybody by your increased harvest of these fruits. God is ready to give us increase in these fruits as we become willing to bear them them and endure His pruning

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      he 8 years ago

      very useful

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      juliet bukenya 8 years ago

      Thanks so much,especialy about self control i didn`t know that its needed in one`s thoughts,words,emotions & deeds .God bless

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 9 years ago from Manila

      Hi Wbisbill a pleasant morning to you. I wish you a great, blessed Sunday worship.

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      Wbisbill 9 years ago from Tennessee USA

      Great thoughts for this Sunday morning as we get ready for church.

      Thumbs up - grace and peace be yours!