We, as believers and followers of Jesus Christ, are a part of the proverbial tree.
In John 15, Jesus tells us that He is the true vine, and His Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Jesus that bears fruit is pruned by God, the Father, so it bears more fruit. However, every branch in Jesus that does not bear fruit is cut off and cast out as a branch.
Thus, if we are going to bear fruit, we must remain in Jesus because without Him we can’t bear fruit. And if we abide in Jesus, we should beget fruit that bears witness of Him.
As children of God, who have God’s Spirit indwelling us, we should bear the fruit of God: (1) love, (2) joy, (3) peace, (4) long-suffering, (5) kindness, (6) goodness, (7) faithfulness, (8) gentleness, and (9) self-control.
What fruit is on your tree? What type of fruit do people get when they get you?
Is it love?
Is it patience?
Is it kindness?
Is it hate?
Is it impatience?
Is it cruelty and harshness?
As we enter the holiday season, surrounded by our friends and family, the fruit that we have or don’t have becomes apparent depending on the company we keep and the situations we find ourselves in.
This is an opportune time to ask God to open your eyes to see the areas in your life that need pruning. Ask Him to help you grow the fruit that you’re lacking, and He will.
However, don’t be surprised if He puts you in more situations that give you the opportunity to love when you don’t want to love, forgive when you don’t want to forgive, be patient when you want to fly off the handle.
God works like that because our fruit is not for us to selfishly hoard. No, it’s supposed to be picked and shared with all of those we encounter. So this season, bear and share the fruit of God!
Be encouraged! You are loved! ❤