A tree is known by its fruit. The quality of the fruit is determined by the health of the tree’s roots which feeds the tree. Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”
We can go in many directions with the application of this verse. Pride is classified as self-righteous. Once ‘self’ gets into any picture it is acting independently of God.
We will never represent Jesus through our pride. Therefore it is expedient that we know and discern any fruit of pride in our lives. Here is a list of a few that I took from various verses: covetousness, envy, selfish ambition, hatred, wrath, anger, fear, self-deception, lusts, worry, disobedience, dissension.
Do you recognize this fruit in yourself? Each one of these fruits is rooted in the works of our flesh. The contrast is the fruit of the Spirit. That is fruit that is borne to glorify the Lord. It is rooted in submission. The fruit of the Spirit is evident in every authentic follower of Jesus.
It has nothing to do with our effort. It is all the product of our yielding to the leading of the Holy Spirit. He is the Producer and we are the bearers.
John 15:5 Amplified says, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me (cut off from vital union with Me) you can do nothing.” Note the word ‘nothing’ because it is the stark truth of doing things out of pride.