Friday, July 23, 2010
The Fruits of the Spirit
Every healthy tree bears good fruit , but the sickly tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad treebear excellent fruit [worthy of admiration]... Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.- Matthew 7:17-20 Jesus told His disciples that you can tell if someone truly belongs to Him by the kind of spiritual fruit that they produce. What does that mean? When you surrender your life to Jesus, your salvation is not free. It's bought with a very high price. The crucification and death of Christ. You may sometimes ask yourself why God thinks you're worthy of that sacrifice? Despite all of your attempts at perfection, you constantly miss the mark. Surely trading Jesus' excellence for your mediocrity could not have been the best choice. But Your Heavenly Father has a very special kind of love towards you. He longs for you to be able to bask in His presence. And, once He finally gets you - You're Marked. Now, the changes don't happen over night. They're gradual. You may not notice them over days and weeks. Or even after several months. But, you are God's work in progress - Not your own. Everything that you do. Every thing that you say. You begin to look more like Jesus. Have You Been Marked by the Spirit of God? Here are the 9 Signs to Check For: Love Joy Peace Patient Endurance Kindness Goodness Faith and Faithfulness Gentleness Self-Discipline (Galatians 5:22-23)When i first became a Christian i had very few of these qualities. But as time went on these qualities began to build in me and still they are building. I made many mistakes when i first turned my life over to Christ. In doing so i hurt many people. I tried to shove things down their throats, I argued the Scripture with them, I was judgmental and often got very angry with them. So i to learned that the fruits of the spirit dont happen over night. Its a slow process and God is very patient with us as He has been with me as im on a learning journey with Him. You cant change overnight and we as Christians must exercise the same patience as God does with our new brothers and Sisters. We should never turn our backs on them for any reason. We are here to teach not run away just because things get heated. Remember Gods love for us and That He Sent His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON for us. Now who can compare with that sacrifice. We are to lay down our pride to help others and if needed we should lay down our lives for our fellow man. Show love to all men and women. Thats what God is All loving Kind Merciful. So as humans we are to act accordingly.This is what God Almighty requires of us.