Bear Good Fruit
When you look at someone’s life, do you see good fruit?
Actions are telling, particularly over a period of time. Is there evidence of compassion and dedication? Do family members, neighbors, and business associates notice integrity?
We want to model behavior of respect and godliness.
“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each is recognized by its own fruit.” (Luke 6:43-44 NIV)
My dad raised citrus. I grew up riding with him along sandy roads and watching as he inspected groves. He looked for what fertilizer or bug treatment might be necessary. He also was known to lean out the window and talk to trees. “Keep up the good work!” he’d say to those with emerald green leaves and branches loaded with beautiful oranges.
Jesus said that a good person brings good things out of what’s stored in his or her heart. “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of,” (Luke 6:45 NIV).
As we strive to mature in our faith, we need to pay attention to what is harvested. Are we quicker to criticize or praise?
Do we complain about lack or celebrate gratitude for what we have?
The following reveal what crop the Holy Spirit produces:
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22 NIV).
Dear Lord, as You created goodness in Eden, please nurture in us the fruit of love. Amen.