Happiness comes from pleasant circumstances, but what about joy? The Bible states that Christians are to be joyful even when troubles come. In this message, Alistair Begg describes the deep-seated joy that is produced in believers by the Holy Spirit: joy that springs from our salvation and is based not on circumstances, but on God’s grace. As the fruit of the Spirit is grown in our hearts, we can increasingly respond to difficulty with a joy that the world cannot explain.
The Fruit of the Spirit
"The fruit of the Spirit." It’s a well-known phrase from a much-loved passage of Scripture. The challenge is in the details, as we pause to consider what the fruit of the Spirit is and to reflect on how well it is displayed in our lives.
In this series, Alistair Begg explains that the fruit of the Spirit is the character of God reflected in the lives of those who are united with Christ. It cannot be produced by an outward change of habit or a system of self-improvement, but is cultivated as God works to conform us to the image of His Son. As we consider the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, Scripture guides us to examine our hearts, challenges our progress, and encourages us to trust God’s promise that He began this work and will complete it. The Fruit of the Spirit provides a study in practical godliness, reminding us that faithful Christian living demonstrates the attractiveness of the Gospel to the world around us.