True North

with Dr Jim Brown

Bearing FRUIT

John 15:1 — “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit” If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
 
Summertime means many things including: warm weather, mega sunshine and LOTS of fruit at the stores!  There are some fruits we only see at this time of the year. Yum!
 
As a follower of Christ, you were meant to bear fruit.
 
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
(Gal 5:22-23) NIV
 
The Amplified Bible expands it a little and says it this way: “But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
 
However you read it, Jesus’ statement comes up: “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.”
 
Are you?

 

Prayer: Lord, help me to FILL myself with You. 

 Help me to bear the fruit You want me to.

I desire to glorify You as your son (daughter) in Christ Jesus.  

Amen.