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Take It With You 01.26.2020

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In John 15, Jesus talks to His disciples about bearing fruit. But what does it look like when we bear fruit? Galatians 5:22-23 tells us what the fruit of the Spirit is:

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

It’s easy to look at this list and see marching orders; a to-do list, instructions to follow. But Jesus promises that we will bear fruit if we are in Him and He is in us; that this fruit will be a result of our relationship with Him, not the price of admission. Jesus didn’t say, “If you bear fruit, then you are worthy to follow Me and have access to the Father.” He said “If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.”

Of course, this doesn’t absolve us of any accountability for our words or actions. We have choices, and as those who are connected to the vine, we should see this admonition from Jesus to remain in Him as a daily reminder to bear fruit.

When everyone else resorts to hate, choose love.

When our circumstances lead to sorrow or disappointment, choose joy.

When it’s so easy to fight, with words or otherwise, choose peace.

When it’s so easy to lose our cool, choose patience.

When it would be easy to turn our back or use harsh words, choose kindness.

When our default reaction is to be selfish, choose goodness.

When the temptation is to stray from the Father, choose faithfulness.

When we want to lash out at those who hurt us, choose gentleness.

When we want to come unhinged, choose self-control.

Apply

Let this be our prayer in the coming week:

Father God, let Your fruit be born in me. I cannot be all these things in my own strength. Remain in me as I remain in You so that I may bear fruit, so that when I have the chance, I can choose to bear fruit that points others to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

~ Katie Herring