Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Its been great studying the fruits of righteousness. Righteousness is the foundation of all things that we ever got by coming to Christ. No wonder Jesus says to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Then shall all other things be added to us (Matt 6:33). Today we shall be examining a very important fruit that we can and should bear as righteous beings. This fruit is called the fruit of the spirit.
The fruit of the spirit refers to the manifestation of the nature of the regenerated spirit of man,
The regenerated spirit of man has the exact nature of God. He is fashioned to have the exact form and characteristics of God. He is
“....the new person, that God has made to be like him. That person only does what is right. That person is really and completely good, like God.” (Eph 4:24 Easy English Version).
That characteristics of God which your righteous spirit naturally possesses is is called the fruit of the spirit if it is allowed to manifest. So what is the nature and character of God? The bible says that God is love (see 1John 4:1John 4:7 1John 5:2). His nature and character is love. Thus the fruit of the spirit is love. Galatians 5:23 confirms this. It says the fruit of the spirit is love…
Notice that Paul didn’t refer to FRUITS (as in plural) but FRUIT (as in singular) and he didn’t say ” the fruits of the spirit ARE he says “the fruit of the spirit IS…” You may wonder why he made mention of nine characteristics then. Actually, the fruit of the spirit is one fruit that manifests in 8 other ways depending on the demand of the circumstances.
God wants us to bear these fruits so that men (not God) may be able to identify our identity and give glory to God. The farmer may know what tree he planted. But only by the fruit do others know what tree it is. God does not need your fruits to know you are his child but men do! Since a tree is known by its frits, Jesus says “by this shall all MEN know that you are my disciples if you have love one to another”.
Father I thank you for creating me in your image and likeness.
I receive grace to be fruitful in Jesus Name.
Father prune me and make me more fruitful in Jesus Name.
I refuse to yield myself to sin. I yield myself as instrument of righteousness to the glory of God