To people whose religion had become an exercise in perfectionism and, therefore, a competition with others (which always generates conflicts and fights), Paul shows the exercise of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 NET

The law prohibits, but it cannot produce.

The works of the flesh are obvious, but the fruit of the Spirit does not protest in the public square.

The works of the flesh are various, but the fruit of the Spirit is one.

The fruit of the Spirit is produced in the midst of the works of the flesh, not in a vacuum or far from the world. Because of this, there is always a “but.”

The fruit of the Spirit is received from God (love, joy, peace), transforms our treatment of our neighbor (patience, kindness, goodness), and reaches the self (faithfulness, gentleness, self-control).

The fruit of the Spirit serves everyone, all the time.

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