The Whole Fruit
The Whole Fruit
When you buy an orange you usually buy the entire fruit. You do not ask to purchase just the peel or the seeds. You purchase the whole orange which includes the seeds, the peel, the juice and everything else inside the orange. Likewise, the Fruit of the Spirit is the whole fruit, not just the parts which make up the fruit.
God has given Christians HIS Fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
If you looked at just the seed of an orange you might not recognize the fruit it came from. The same is true with the Fruit of the Spirit. It is the whole Fruit of the Spirit which makes up the Fruit of the Spirit which is in you. God’s Spirit, HIS FRUIT, abides in you and bears HIS FRUIT.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have a new nature; the old nature is gone. This old nature was evidenced by fits of anger, rage, jealousy, selfish ambition, envy, factions, unforgiveness, division, drunkenness, sexual immorality, impurity and idolatry. The old nature has been crucified with Christ. You are alive with a new nature in Christ which is evidenced by the Fruit of God’s Spirit living in you.
When you squeeze an orange you expect to get orange juice. When you squeeze a Christian you expect to get the Fruit of the Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Are you being squeezed? What is coming out?
If something other than the Fruit of the Spirit is coming out of you, then confess you have been made righteous by the Blood of Christ Jesus. I have been washed and cleansed in by Jesus Christ on the cross.
Spend enough time in God’s Word to allow HIM to change your thoughts, feelings and mind. Receive God’s love and the Fruit of God’s Spirit living in you will change your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. The Joy of the Lord will be your strength. There will be no condemnation.
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