Last Sunday, we were reminded that we are Children of God.
This coming Sunday, Libby will remind us that children of God are called to bear and birth the fruit of the Spirit. To do this, we have to know what the fruit of the Spirit is.
Galatians 5:22-23 says: "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
These are the character traits that we ought to portray as Christians. We’re supposed to be full of love, joy, peace, and everything listed above, but it can’t just be an act, because the cracks will show.
We need to display them faithfully and authentically, so others will know from our character that we a Christians.
Matthew 7:20 says: "By their fruits ye shall know them."
To be known by our fruits is to be identified through our thoughts, words and actions, etc. Sadly, some people who call themselves Christians are seen to act even more worldly than people of the world.
Let it not be so with us. Let us continually grow genuine fruit and display it faithfully, by keeping a healthy connection with God. We need to be connected to Him to have the Holy spirit grow and nurture those fruits in our lives so we can be continually transformed into the image of Christ. We cannot bear fruit on our own, but as we stay connected to him we will develop more of these fruits in increasing measure.
Jesus said: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15.
So, stay connected to Him this week and observe those fruits which you are displaying. Are there any you need to grow in? Ask God to grow them in you by the power of His Holy Spirit.
Blessings on your week,