Known by Our Fruit

Scripture Reference Galatians 5:22

Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control . . . “

 A Christian’s life should be characterized by these things.

Are you producing fruit?

Instead of love, is there hatred, bitterness or prejudice in your life? Instead of joy, is there constant gloom? Instead of peace, is there turmoil? Instead of gentleness, is there a short temper? Instead of faith, is there endless worry? Instead of meekness, is there pride and arrogance?

If so, then either you don’t know God at all or a recommitment to Christ would be in order.

If you are a Christian, then people should be able to look for and find fruit in your life. Why? Because a disciple of Jesus Christ will produce spiritual fruit.

Jesus said, ” ‘My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father’ ” (John 15:8). Jesus also said, ” ‘By their fruits you will know them’ ” (Matthew 7:20).

In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus spoke of seed that falls on different types of ground, representing different reactions to the truth of the gospel message. The final category He mentioned in Mark 4:20 was good ground: “But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some a hundred”

The Bible tells us that we should bear fruit worthy of repentance (see Matthew 3:8). The Bible gives us different pictures as to what “bearing fruit” means. For example, praising and thanking God is a way of bearing fruit in our lives. Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name”. When you praise God, that is bearing fruit.

We don’t praise God only when we are in the mood. Rather, we praise God because He is worthy of our praise. Our word, “worship,” comes from the old English form, worth ship. We praise that which is worthy.

Therefore, we don’t praise God because we feel like it. We praise God because He deserves our praise. When we do this, we are bearing fruit.

What we say is also a type of fruit in our lives. Jesus said, ” ‘A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say’ ” (Luke 6:45 NLT).

When you are a true Christian, it will be reflected by what you say. This is bearing fruit as well.

Can others identify spiritual fruit in your life? Remember, people are watching you. They are listening to you. I hope that you are pointing them to Jesus.

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing

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