“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:4-5
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never see a fruit factory. Now, you’ll see factories for making clothing, cars, and computers, but not a fruit factory. Why do you think that is? It’s simple when you stop and think about it. Fruit isn’t something that is manufactured in a factory, instead fruit is grown in an orchard. It is dependent upon life. There is no fruit without life. The only way that fruit is going to ripen and grow is in the right climate and with the right nutrients.
Just like farmers can’t grow bananas in Alaska, we can’t grow and produce the fruit of the Spirit unless we’re in the place where the Spirit can produce His fruit in us. And that place is walking and abiding in the Spirit. Remember the words of Paul in Galatians…
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” – Galatians 5:22–26
Please note, it is the “fruit” of the Spirit, not the “fruit(s)” of the Spirit. We don’t have the option as believers to choose from the cornucopia of the fruit of the Spirit and pick which one we would like to model in any given moment of time. We must understand that it is the “fruit” of the Spirit, singular, and all those characteristics are what should make up a believer’s Spirit-filled life.
Ask God to help you abide in the Spirit to produce the fruit He desires in your life on a daily basis. It is only then that we can live in a way which pleases and honors Him.