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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bearing Fruit

I’ve notice how heavy the apple trees are with fruit right now. It looks to be bumper year. I am happy for the apple growers, and hope a lot of apple pies are in my future! You know the trees are doing exactly what they were created for – to bear fruit. In the Bible we are told to bear fruit as well.

In John 15:1-11, Jesus taught that it's God's will that we bear much fruit (Vine and branches). As we do so, God is glorified, and we prove to be Christ's disciples. The New Testament speaks of two kinds of fruit:
1.     The fruit of Christ-like character (Galatians 5:22-23). The fruit of the Holy Spirit includes nine characteristics that should fittingly describe those who call themselves Christians. - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
2.     The fruit of Christ-like influence (Acts 10:38 –power of the Spirit, doing good, healing). We're called to make a difference in the world in the name of Jesus.  

What kind and how much fruit are you bearing?

Have a good and Godly day.