THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. Ephesians 5:9-10 (NKJV)

What kinds of sounds do you hear in a grape arbor or other fruit orchard? You can probably hear birds chirping, the wind rustling through leaves, and many other usual outdoor sounds.

What you do not hear is the sound of the vines or trees groaning and straining. The plants are not laboring to produce to produce their fruit; the fruit comes out of their branches naturally as a part of the growing process. The vine does not have to concentrate on producing grapes. When the vine is healthy and has all the water and nutrients it needs, the grapes come forth.

The secret to fruit producing is as basic for you as it is for a real grapevine: stay planted in the Vine, and focus all of your energy and attention on being there, or abiding, in Christ. Worship Him praise Him, meditate on His words, seek solitude in Him, and let yourself be absorbed into His purposes. Your fruit is a direct reflection of the quality of your relationship with Christ.

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