Fruit Producers and Inspectors

Crabapples (Photo credit: camknows)

As I was making crabapple jelly a while ago, I began to ponder fruit in the Bible and some recent occurrences in my own life. So naturally the first verses I thought of were in Galatians 5:19-26,

“I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

Wow! What power-packed verses. If we walk by the (Holy) Spirit, we will not carry out the desires of our flesh…we will walk in the ways of the Most High God…we will not be under the law…because when we are walking in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control, there is no law. We must crucify our flesh, allow Yahweh to circumcise our hearts, and strive to walk in a manner worthy of our Savior. He has given us everything we need to for life and godliness…are we using what He has given us?

We are known by our fruits. Which fruit are we producing…fruit of the flesh or fruit of the Spirit? Are we provoking one another or are we being peacemakers? Are we hating one another or are we loving one another? Are we gossiping and tearing each other down or are we encouraging and building one another up? What is coming out of our mouths, because out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). Whose fruit are we inspecting? Are we examining our own hearts, or are we caught up in judging others? We ARE known by our fruits.

“How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears fruit in its season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. The wicked are not like this; instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not survive the judgment, and sinners will not be in the community of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.”—Psalm 1

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