Growing the Fruit of the Spirit
5:17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the
Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each
other, so that you do not do what you want.
5:19-21 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual
immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft;
hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions,
factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn
you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the
kingdom of God.
5:16 So I say, live by the Spirit.
3:3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to
attain your goal by human effort?
John 15:4-5 Remain in me, as I also remain in
you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.
Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 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.
by the Spirit means having the Spirit in the first place.
8:9 If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to
by the Spirit requires systematic feeding
8:5-6 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things,
but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please
by the Spirit means spiritual pruning.
5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its
passions and desires.
3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your sinful nature.
15:2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every
branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more