Friday, September 26, 2008

Aree Your Fruits Ripe or Spoiled

Gal. 5 v 22....But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control......

Are you like a cornucopia filled with the fruits of the Spirit?
Do you practice love toward your neighbor, do you have peace in the decisions you have made in your life, do you show kindness toward your neighbor, do you show self-control over matters that arise against you, do you show gentleness toward those that are in need of your help, do you endure trials with so much faith in the word of God that you are not moved off His course for you?

Are you like the compost bin, holding rotten fruit? In other words, do you just give up easily when you are faced with trials, and throw your faith into the bin, or when you see someone in need do you stop to help or just say someone else will stop, do you get easily offended and show lack of self-control, how much kindness do you show toward others when you really do not feel very kind that day?

Where are we in our lives? Do we need to do some Fall cleanup? If so, there is no better time. Start today with working on your fruits. Get rid of the bad fruit in your life and replace it with the good. You know the saying, "one bad apple can spoil the bunch" this is true in our lives. We need to take a look and see what is keeping up from showing the love of Jesus toward others? Are we walking in the fruits of the Spirit or the fruits of our flesh?

Ephes. 5 v 8-11....For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them........

Gal. 5 v 1-2....Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma......

When people see you, do they see beautiful fruit or smell a spoiled aroma?


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