But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (ESV)
It's easy to forget Jesus' statement about the key to the Christian life in John 15:5, "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." (ESV)
The fruit Jesus is talking about, and we see in Galatians 5, isn't about us simply being more moral people. We can't produce it by growing in our knowledge of the Bible alone. We must be looking more like Jesus - in his works, words, and ways - or we aren't growing as Christians. That's because the fruit of the Spirit reflect the very nature and character of God.
Let's begin our summer series on the "Fruit of the Spirit" with a prayer that we would learn greater rest in the Vine (that's Jesus!), so we can bear fruit that brings him greater glory.