The fruit of the Spirit is really a beautiful thing when it is found in the lives of the followers of Jesus Christ. It makes Jesus’ disciples a picture of Christ in this world still.
Jesus painted a picture of the life of his followers many years before Paul shared the fruit of the Spirit in his letter to the Christians in Galatia.
Before Paul wrote these two verses on the fruit of the Spirit, he notes the character and activity of sin, of living in the ways of the world. This is not how a follower of Christ, a Christian lives, but, when he contains the fruit of the Spirit, these characteristics are how a Christian lives.
Jesus starts with the characteristics of his followers, those who belong to the kingdom of heaven. The Beatitudes begin a long sermon showing these realities. And both Jesus and Paul are showing us the truth and reality about the Law as well.
In our last post on May 13th, we suggested that there is a connection between the Beatitudes that Jesus gave in Matthew 5 and the fruit of
the Spirit that Paul wrote about in Galatians 5.
Let’s see if we can see the connection between the Beatitudes and the fruit of the Spirit.
Those who are poor in spirit that will inherit the kingdom of heaven have the fruit of love.
Those who mourn and will be comforted have kindness.
Those who are meek and inherit the earth are gentle.
Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled have faith.
Those who are merciful will receive mercy and have patience.
Those who are peacemakers will be called sons of God and have peace.
Those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness have self-control.
Those who are persecuted for the sake of Christ have joy.
There is obvious overlap, but consider these comparisons and connections for now.