Show me your fruit

If you had made this statement few years ago, I would have looked at you like a deer in the headlights.  For those of you who are not familiar with this expression – it means caught in a state of surprise.  I was raised in a Christian home and thought I did the right things but didn’t know I had to bear fruit.

So, what does it mean to bear fruit?  I am glad you asked because the word of God gave us a clear definition in (Galatians 5:22-23) of what it means –  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”.

As I reexamine my Christian walk with this definition in mind, I realized how ignorant I was and knew that I had to start by asking for forgiveness of my sins and choose to intentionally begin the process of bearing fruit with the help of the Holy Spirit.  I am not there yet, but I am not where I use to be – praise God!

My friends, there are 3 areas that Satan uses to hinder us from bearing fruits – the lust of the flesh; eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).  However, to live a victorious life, we must:

  • Daily choose to do life God’s way –  By evaluating and bridging the gap between God’s way and Satan’s way.
  • Be embracing people – Loving what God loves and hating what God hates as we meditate on His word.
  • Pursue God’s purpose for our life – Call to salvation, spiritual growth and call to serve others.

Christ follower, pray that the Holy Spirt will ignite in your heart a passion for bearing fruit. If you are currently not a Christ follower, Jesus loves you – come and experience Him today.

 

All glory to God!

This post was also published in:

The Christian Messenger, India
Network Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
Cape Christian News, South Africa

 

About The Author:

Agnes is a leader with proven business acumen in a variety of industries. She holds an executive MBA from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and is also a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). She is the author of Transforming Business with Godly Governance: Nine Characteristics for Workplace Success; God Cares for Me in Every Season: Godly Insights for Singleness, Marriage and Divorce; The Provisions of God: Insights from a Cat Named Mascot, and  Weekly Insights for the Workplace: A Devotional for Christian Professionals

 

Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 

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