Faithful Friday: Fruit

26 April 2013

I love gardening. That fact may be apparent to you if you have been keeping up with my currently post or if you saw my post about starting my indoor garden a few weeks ago. I stalk my garden just about everyday, I wonder if the plants will thrive, if they have enough water, sunlight, if they are warm, and most of all I wonder about what their fruits will be like.

As I was thinking about my garden I started to think about my relationship with God. He is the master gardener and we are his plants. His word is the soil that keeps us nourished, Jesus is the water quenches our thirst, the Holy Spirit is the shears he uses to prune us and the promise of heaven is our sunlight. God – our gardener has promised us an abundant life and in him we can grow many fruit. Our fruit should be evidence of the many ways that God has cultivated our lives. These are not physical fruit,


According to Galatians if we allow the Holy Spirit to have control these fruit should be apparent in our character. These fruit grow as we get to know Christ, love him, remember him, and as we imitate him – because all of these fruit are the very nature of Christ.

It's my daily goal to live like Christ and when people see me I want his fruit to be evident on my tree. I want them to look at me and know that my Gardener has been attentive and has taken care of me because I have remained in him (John 15:5). I want my faith in Christ to be apparent in my life through how I speak, think, and how I behave.
The Fruit of the Spirit are defined as:
Faithfulness - steadfast in affection or allegiance; loyal
Peace - a state of tranquility or quiet; calm
Joy- emotion of great delight or happiness
Patience - the capacity to accept or tolerate delay
Self Control - they act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses
Gentleness - not severe, rough, or violent; kind or tender disposition
Love - passionate affection for another person
Goodness - moral excellence; virtue
Kindness - the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate

Couldn't the world use a little more of all of these fruits?  Which fruit do you think are evident on your tree? Which fruit would you like to produce? Based on your personality is your faith in Christ evident?



1 comment:

  1. Charity, this is such a beautiful post! I absolutely love the way you used the fruit and gardener metaphor.

    I've always loved that verse and often prayed to have that "fruit." What a good reminder!


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