Bearing Good Fruit

What type of fruit are you? Are you tart like an orange or sweet like a slice of cantaloupe? Are you a cactus pear that is prickly on the outside, but nice and sweet on the inside? You see, you do not want to bear bad fruit. I know you are probably wondering why I am asking what type of fruit you are. Easy answer. The fruit that you are determines what type of fruit that you will bear. You want to bear fruits that others can enjoy.

There are several fruits that the Bible references. Not fruits, like the ones we eat but spiritual attributes that everyone should possess. Galatians 5:22-23 lists the 9 fruits of the spirit. They are:

  • Love: 
    • Because God is love, we must always walk in love. By walking in love we choose to be a light in the midst of a lot of darkness.
    • God’s greatest commandments are to first love Him with everything in you, and then to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:35-40)
  • Joy:
    •  Finding joy in Jesus should be your goal. By finding joy in drugs, alcohol, or even sexual desires you cause yourself to go further from the cross. These actions may bring temporary joy, but not permanent.
    •  If we truly believe God’s word, we have plenty to rejoice about.
  • Peace:
    • God’s desire is for us to live in peace and harmony.
    • Be the calm in the midst of the storm.
    • “Blessed are the peacemakers,for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).
  • Longsuffering: 
    • We have to be patient with others, just as God is with us.
    • During trials and tribulations we must wait patiently on God’s divine intervention. You can not rush Him because His timing is impeccable.
  • Gentleness:
    • This is being humble and meek, wanting to help other people rather then wanting to be superior to them.
    • Gentleness shows others that violence and acting on emotions is wrong.
    • Gentleness is an effective tool to draw people to you, and then to Christ.
  • Goodness:
    • Goodness means having an upright heart, being genuine. We can only become good with the help of God.
    • James 1:17 says, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.”
      • He is the one who makes all things well (good).
  • Faithfulness:
    • Faith is what moves God.
    • Faithfulness to God is loyalty to not only Him, but His teachings as well.
    • Faithfulness to God is believing in what you do not see, and trusting Him even though you do not see it (Hebrews 11:1).
    • By demonstrating faithfulness to God we show Him that we are dedicated to being apart of His family and growing in His grace.
  • Meekness:
    • Meekness can be described as enduring pain or suffering without resentment.
    • When people make you upset, do not get angry. Choose love. Take the jabs gracefully.
    • “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
  • Temperance:
    • Another word for temperance is self-control.
    • Temperance is making a conscious decision to walk away from anything that does not uplift the name of Jesus.
    • Temperance allows us to take the high road and keep the peace even when we may want to react negatively.

Although these fruits are not ones that you can simply go and pick up at the store, with the help of God they are just as easy to attain. With God’s help we can be better people. We must pray for the strength to be gentle, and to allow love to abound even in tough times. We have to pray for self control and temperance. We have to make a conscious decision to bear good fruits.

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