More About the Fruit of the Spirit

One might say that the fruit of the Spirit is inconsistent with being selfish or conceited; spiritual fruit is born of humility and thinking more of others than ourselves: Philippians 2:3 teaches, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself.”

As the passage above indicates, the attitude of our minds—how we think—has everything to do with how we act and what we choose to do.

Therefore, if we take to heart this verse, Philippians 4:8, we will develop a mindset—an attitude—from which we can bear the good fruit of the Holy Spirit. It may prove to be a challenge for some of us to train ourselves to dwell on these good things instead of the trying circumstances around us; nevertheless, we can begin by giving the Lord what we do have…a willingness to change our thoughts.