Known by your Fruit

Image result for free clip art fruit treeIf you were to look at a tree and saw apples growing on it, you have identified the type of tree you’re looking at.

In similar fashion a Christian is known by the fruit he produces. Jesus said I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit.” John15:5

So what does this fruit taste like?

Paul gives us the answer in Galatians 5:22… the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence).

If you’re a Christian and your fruit bears no resemblance to the fruit described above, then humbly ask Jesus to prune away all those unfruitful areas of your life; to allow His life to flow through you, thereby producing more, richer, and excellent fruit.

I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.  Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].  Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. John 15:1-4

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