Is it as simple as merely merrily "walking in the Spirit" to avoid the "works of the flesh" and to attain the "fruit" of the Spirit?
I've observed only a handful of humans that seem to easily and naturally exist in the realm of "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
The rest of us, it seems, labor over resisting the temptations of the flesh and struggle to be able to consistently practice the fruit with our friends and neighbors.
For me, it has been a little like; what comes first, the chicken or the egg? Do I work at practicing the fruit of the Spirit thus assimilating a deeper relationship with the Spirit or should I "walk" closely with the Spirit and trust that the fruit will become a natural part of my life through the walk?
Maybe Paul needs to come to my house for coffee and explain in more detail what he meant in his letter.
In any case, if Galations 5 were the only subject of every Sunday sermon, it would be good enough for me.