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What Kind Of Fruit Are You?

Posted: Monday, January 18

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Genesis 37:1-38:30
Matthew 12:22-45
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 3:27-32 

 

Verse of the day:

A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. (Matthew 12:33)


Do you know what is really disappointing? Buying what looks to be good, delicious fruit and getting it home to only realize it’s not. Have you ever purchased a container of berries and from what you can tell they look good and then you open them at home and they have mold?(Yuck!) Or have you ever bought a bag of oranges and they look so pretty in the orange netting only to find that when you cut the netting open they are bruised, and sour?(Double Yuck!)  Bad fruit is VERY disappointing!

 

 

What is even more disappointing is when we have bad fruit in our lives. I think in our minds most of us like to think if we were to be examined that we would have beautiful delicious fruit.  However, we probably aren’t the best judges of our own fruit. That is why we need to examine our life against what God’s Word says. So what would good fruit look like? Galatians 5:22-23 tells us, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” Bad fruit on the other hand is described a few verses earlier in Galatians 5:19-21, “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,  idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these…”

 

 

So what happens if we take an inventory of our lives and we find two kinds of fruit? Well, what happens when you buy a container of moldy berries? Even the few good berries are tainted because of their close proximity to the bad ones.  We like to justify at times our bad fruit because we believe our good fruit outweighs the bad. However, bad fruit often taints what good fruit we believe we have.  If you take an honest inventory today and find bad fruit don’t ignore it! Don’t justify it! Remove it from your life! Draw closer to God and you will begin to see more good fruit in your life.