1 Corinthians 13:1,2
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
Having the joy of the Lord and the peace of God in our lives is only possible through the power of the Spirit. This ‘fruit’ is His gift to us that dwells within us and becomes a part of our very being, so much so that it shows on the outside as well.
Being faithful, having a gentle and meek spirit, and exercising control in all that we do, honours God and is an expression of our love toward Him.
Showing kindness, patience and goodness are the expressions of our character toward others. These are the fruits of giving and the fruits of works. They convey the attitude and attributes of Christ himself and we should practice them daily.
All of these things, however, must start from a place of genuine love. Love is the only thing that gives everything else meaning. It’s what holds everything together and gives it substance. Love is beautiful and true and pure. It is the seed from which all other fruit grows.