Jesus said to his disciples: "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them." Matthew 7:15-20
The Fruit of God's Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. These are the fruits of God, without these expect to be cut down and thrown into the fire.
We have love as the first and foremost, with this one the others follow with no problem. But if you love selfishly, and grumble about every little thing, how can you have the others. Love is the foundation, the root. It enables us to love our neighbor without judgement, with respect, with all the fruits of God.
There was a time I thought I was being cut down and thrown into the fire, because of my errors. But when I began to understand I was being pruned to bring out the love that has always been present for all who I came in contact with. Such divine pruning enhances the gifts that are present so we become more productive.
You see a fruit tree, every now and then a bad fruit will come off it. If a whole branch continually produces bad fruit, but the rest of the tree has an abundance of fruit. Then the branch will be removed. To allow for a new growth that will produce abundant fruit.
What fruit do we lack, that we should prune ourselves, before we become a tree that does not produce anything at all. Because once that happens expect to be thrown into the fire.