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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self‑control.  Against such things there is no law.
– Galatians 5:22-23


The fruit of the Spirit grows out of an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ.  Fruit is produced in us, not by us.  Our part is to submit ourselves to God and invite Him to nurture His character in us.

Our character looks more like God’s character when we allow Him to change us.  We cannot muster up more joy or patience on our own, and we do not need to.  We receive them as gifts that grow in us when we give God control and allow Him to make us more of what He intends us to be.

I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.  – John 15:5