What Are These Fruit?
When we wonder what sort of fruit we should bear, we can look to Galatians, and the fruit of the spirit:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
As we pursue sanctification, and as the Holy Spirit works in our hearts, we will naturally start to reflect the fruit of the spirit.
But wait, you may say. My non-Christian friends are also kind, joyful, loving and patient. That’s true, but what is their motivation for doing those things? Perhaps the Spirit is working in that person’s life, guiding them away from worldly things and pushing them to give their life to Christ. Perhaps they are just doing it because they want to be a “good person.” Regardless, apart from Christ, people may be able to do good things, but the fruit of that person’s life will ultimately reflect the world, not the Lord.
In the believer’s heart, there is only one reason to pursue the list above: because we seek to mirror Christ. Like a child who mimics everything their favorite parents does, we want to mimic the Lord and be just like Him. However, Compelling Truth explains that producing these fruit is not the sole aim of the Christian life. Instead it should be “the connection we have with God. When we focus on our outward Christian life, we can become wrapped up in pretense.” In other words, focusing too much on being loving, joyful, kind and patient won’t do any good if we aren’t pursuing a real relationship with God. The focus will just be on us and our abilities.
Instead of trying harder to produce good fruit, spend time in prayer and the Word, and the rest will follow.
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