As I was praying this morning I saw a vision of people with baskets of fruit in baskets that they were carrying. They had so much fruit that the fruit was falling out of the baskets. They also had people following them who were eating the fruit. Then I saw another group of people with baskets in their hands that contained no fruit and they were yelling and hurling accusations at the people who had fruit in their baskets and even picked up the fruit that had fallen from the ones with fruit in their baskets and hurled it back at them. They had no one following them because there was no fruit in their baskets. The fruit of which this vision speaks is the fruit of the Spirit. The empty baskets speaks to the people with little to no fruit in their lives.
(Gal 5:22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
(Gal 5:23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
The fruit of the flesh, if you will, is as follows:
(Gal 5:19) Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
(Gal 5:20) idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
(Gal 5:21) envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Love is the first of the 9 fruits of the Spirit mention in Galatians. I Corinthians 13 is known as where love is defined.
1Co 13:4-8 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. (5) It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. (6) It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. (7) Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. (8) Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
It is my belief that if you have love then the rest of the fruits of the Spirit will be evident as well.
It is God’s desire that we bear much fruit.
Joh 15:7-8 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (8) By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Joh 15:8 When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.
We will be judged by the fruits we bear.
Joh 15:2 Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.
Remember also that Jesus cursed the fig tree.
Mat 21:18-19 In the early dawn the next morning, as He was coming back to the city, He was hungry. (19) And as He saw one single leafy fig tree above the roadside, He went to it but He found nothing but leaves on it [seeing that in the fig tree the fruit appears at the same time as the leaves]. And He said to it, Never again shall fruit grow on you! And the fig tree withered up at once.
For those of you who do not know, a fig tree produces figs before it produces leaves. So when Jesus saw a fig tree full of leaves He looked for fruit and found none and subsequently cursed it so that it no longer bore fruit. This is an example of deception in that the tree appears to be a healthy fruit-producing tree but upon close inspection is barren.
Jesus tells us that we will know “them” by their fruits.
Mat 7:20 Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.