Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Once again the seasons have changed and we are now celebrating the joy of spring! Everything feels fresh and new growth is budding on trees and flowers.
Spiritually speaking we experience this new birth each and every day. We have the opportunity to go through each day fresh in the Spirit or rotting in the flesh!
When we pick fresh fruit it is bright with color and pleasing to the eye. At the peak of harvest, that fruit is refreshing and delicious. It will bring nourishment and health to our physical bodies.
In Galatians chapters 5 and 6 the Word tells us that we have been called to live in freedom, but we are not to use this liberty as an opportunity to satisfy fleshly desires but to use this freedom to serve one another in love. This becomes fresh fruit in our lives each day.
Choosing to walk by the Spirit produces healthy fruit that brings life to the flesh and bones and life to each other. It’s pleasing, tasteful, and is full of vibrancy and brightness! The Bible tells us we will know men by their fruit. Do their actions line up with their words?
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
When we spend quality time and get quiet before the Lord in His presence, we will display delicious fruit in our lives pleasing to God and others. These qualities will become an automatic expression in our lives regardless of the circumstances that affect us on a daily basis!
But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to EVERYONE - especially to those in the family of faith. Galatians 6:8-10 NLT
Lastly, we want to become fresh fruit, full of the Spirit, not grumbling or complaining and being selfish, seeking only to please ourselves. This only produces rotten fruit that has rotted on the vine and withered. When we bear fresh fruit we will display the FRESH FIRE of the Holy Spirit and be filled with joy and peace displaying the Power of God in our lives!
Fresh fruit anyone??
With much love in Christ,