Some people confuse the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. Both evidence the Holy Spirit, yet they are very different. In 1 Corinthians 12:5-7 (KJV), Paul refers to “administrations” (service), “operations” (energies), and “manifestation” (obvious displays) of the Spirit through His gifts. So, spiritual gifts are imparted to us so the Spirit Himself can serve others energetically and obviously through us. Gifts of the Spirit are usually outwardly displayed, whereas, the fruit of the Spirit is first inwardly born. The fruit refers to Christ-like character or an inward change. The fruit, especially love, should be the context in which the gifts of the Spirit are displayed. For example, we may possess the spiritual gift of giving, but if we give without love being our motive, the giving is worthless. Does your life inwardly and outwardly evidence the Holy Spirit with His fruit and gifts?
Read: 1 Corinthians 12:5-7; 13:3, 8; Galatians 5:22-23
Written for the Cove Church. http://www.covechurch.org/devotions