Now we move to a striking contrast from the works of the flesh (5:19-21) to the fruit of the Spirit with its nine characteristics. The burden of moral faults (Galatians 5:26-6:5) a. Many commentators have suggested that the nine virtues illustrate the full-orbed, symmetrical character of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit wants to produce fruit—it is called the fruit of the Spirit.                            3. David’s desire was to show “the kindness of God” to King Saul’s family because of his covenant with Saul’s son, Jonathan. Hear the word of the Lord: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace...." The prepositional phrase demonstrates the origin of the character of Christ in the life of the believer, the Holy Spirit. (Part 1). Paul's Second Missionary Journey Agape love seeks the benefit of the one who is loved, is a love which means death to self and defeat for sin since the essence of sin is self-will and self-gratification, is a love activated by personal choice of our will (working out our salvation in fear and trembling - Phil 2:12, 13 -note) not based on our feelings toward the object of our love and is a love manifested by specific actions (see below) not just to fellow believers but to all men everywhere. For they bring with them most excellent fruits and maximum usefulness, for they that have them give glory to God, and with the same do allure and provoke others to embrace the doctrine and faith of Christ. He who loves is like God, who is the God of peace. He notes that in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, the definition of the word for faith "hovers between two meanings: trustfulness, the frame of mind which relies on another; and trustworthiness, the frame of mind which can be relied upon....pistis seems not to be used here (Galatians 5:22) in its theological sense ‘belief in God.’ Its position points rather to the passive meaning of faith, ‘trustworthiness, fidelity, honesty,’ as in Mt. Fruit does not start from the tree perfectly ripe at once. Comment: Remember that whenever you encounter a contrast word like "but" in a passage, always pause and ponder with the 5W/H'S - "What is the author contrasting?" As MacArthur puts it "Life lived in the flesh even under the law produces the vices of Gal 5:19-21. It could not be conceived of in connection with a transient sojourning, like that of a traveler. The burden of temporal needs (Galatians 6:6-10)  “Happiness” is a very dainty word, but yet it is somewhat insecure because it begins with a “hap,” and seems to depend on a chance which may happen to the soul. Joy not only does not come from favorable human circumstances but is sometimes greatest when those circumstances are the most painful and severe. We are to yield to the Holy Spirit who indwells us. The fruit of the Spirit is love first, as comprehensive of the rest; then joy arising out of it. A young boy playing about the wharves at the time of Judson’s arrival was struck by the man’s appearance. 1989. Nine parts of one fruit, all supplied by the Spirit.              ii. It comes from the Spirit. For this cause the prophets, the Apostles, and Christ Himself exhort us, yes, they command us to rejoice and be glad: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee” (Zechariah 9:9). Hendrickson Publishers. Sin and love are enemies, because sin and God are enemies. The application of the illustration to believers (Galatians 4:3-6)  And of course pray it in faith with a pure heart and clean hands and not as a rote, mechanical act. There must be fruit in your life.                       c. The deliverance from the curse through Christ (Galatians 3:13-14)  It may be that sin indulged is spoiling our joy. Faithfulness means something like “dependability.” The person with this quality keeps his word, his promises, and his vows.                       b. They cannot coexist. Zondervan Publishing).                   ii. The troubler will bear his judgment (Galatians 5:10b)  The function of the law as child-leader to Christ (Galatians 3:24)               b. In both cases, true repentance, as well as faith in God and His promises, are assumed as conditions for forgiveness of sins. At the individual level this (experiential) peace, unknown to the unsaved, secures composure in difficult trouble (cf Jn 14:1), dissolves fear (Phil 4:7-note) and rules in the hearts of God’s people to maintain harmony (Col 3:15-note). My feet shall visit Thine abode, To have peace with God means that there is nothing--no sin, no guilt, no condemnation--that separates us.                   ii. This crop is produced only by God the Holy Spirit, and only in those who live by Him (Richards, L.. Lightfoot comments that "The Apostle had before mentioned the works of the flesh; he here speaks of the fruit of the Spirit. Victor), Eadie adds that in regard to the fruit - Its origin is “the Spirit;” not man's spirit, or the new and better mode of thinking and feeling to which men are formed by the Holy Spirit (Brown), but the Holy Spirit Himself, the Author of all spiritual good. In short, the secret is the Holy Spirit. It is the ripening influence. This is a power that comes from within, not without, like the works of the flesh. It makes a man debtor to do the whole law (Galatians 5:3)  (Ro 3:12-note), And yet when men become beneficiaries of God's kindness and repent and believe, they are new creatures in Christ, now fitted to shine forth, the fruit of the Spirit...love, joy, peace, patience, kindness (chrestotes), goodness, faithfulness. Paul does not say fruits, as though portions of fruit might be present in the believer and other portions might not. For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness (pistis); but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. The position as free sons through God's Son (Galatians 4:4-6)