9 For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life.10 And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him].11 Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.12 For it is a shame even to speak of or mention the things that [such people] practice in secret.
The fruit of the Spirit is:
- part of every form of kindly goodness. All forms of kindly goodness reflects the fruits of the spirit. The more we have the fruit of the spirit in our lives, the more goodness we will have in our life.
- uprightness of heart and trueness of life. So the fruit of the spirit is reflected in trueness of life. God is in reality, or trueness. He is not part of events that are not based in reality.
V10 Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Let your lives be constant proofs of what is acceptable to Him.
V11 Take no part nor have fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness. Fellowship with fruitless deeds. What does that mean? Fruitless deeds are deeds that are not productive. But instead expose and reprove and convict them. We should not have part if things that do not bring productivity in life, but instead expose and convict them. Bring them out into the light.