Gal. 5:22-23 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (emphasis added).
Note that Paul says, “fruit” singular which is different from “fruits” plural. When we looked at the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it was “gifts” plural [Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom, Prophesy, and so on]. But when Paul talks about the fruit of the Holy Spirit, it is “fruit” singular. This is huge! There are people that have been Christians for twenty years, but they do not understand these things, believe me. It is unbelievable, scary even. “Fruit” singular; Gal. 5:22-23 (KJV) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Hence, for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, you can say you have certain gifts of the Holy Spirit. Depending on the office that God has called you into, you may have more revelational gifts, or more inspirational gifts, or more power gifts. But when it comes to the fruit of the Holy Spirit, you get one, you get all; you have access to one, you have access to all. Therefore, it is so important that we understand that when we talk about the fruit, it is “fruit” singular. The root word for the word ‘fruit’ in Galatians 5:22 in Greek is “Karpos”. Karpos refers to one fruit, not many fruits. In all the translations of the Bible, it is fruit; in the Literal Translation it is “fruit”, in the Interpreted Translations it is “fruit”. Again, fruit is singular. So, it is wrong to ask, which fruit am I seeing growing in my life? You can ask, which gifts am I seeing in my life? It is wrong to ask which fruit – I have patience, but I do not have joy. I need to work on my long-suffering because while I have joy, I lose my fuse easily. That is the wrong way to look at it. Look at it this way, the fruit is singular.
To illustrate this, we have inserted two images that represent two ways to look at the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Note that either way is correct. If you look closely Fig.1, the cross-section of an orange, you will notice that it is one fruit with many
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I thank You for understanding. By Your Spirit, I have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, in Jesus Name. Amen!