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Monday, August 24, 2009

"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

When I think of our human propensity for anger, confusion, impatience, harshness, lack of control and impulsiveness, I am amazed at God's solution. Our humanness, a result of man's fallen condition, has been trumped by God's Holy Spirit. What a plan. God gives us a body in which we house our personality with enough room for His Holy Spirit. The result is the ability for the Holy Spirit to produce in us new attitudes, motivations and behaviors. Paul calls it fruit. What a great analogy - the Holy Spirit alive in us, growing into a beautiful fruit tree. The fruit that the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. You don't have to make an apple tree produce apples. When watered, nourished and receiving adequate sunlight an apple tree produces beautiful luscious apples. Likewise, you don't have to manufacture the fruit of the Spirit; rather, you begin reading and meditating on His Holy word and spending time in relationship with God through confession and prayer and the Holy Spirit will generate the results. Begin today to nourish your Spiritual life and let the Holy Spirit produce its fruit.

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    Beautiful blog, beautiful you. Thanks! emoticon
    4318 days ago
  • SJ1320
    Beautiful flowers. Beautiful words. You have a good week too!
    4318 days ago
  • DEBANNE1124
    And you look GORGEOUS! In that black suit.
    Keep on keepin on!
    4318 days ago
    Love it!
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    And if you think about the purpose of fruit in our lives and diet, fruit is sweet and pleasant, plus since it has fiber, it is filling. May we produce fruit!!!
    4319 days ago
    I love the roses! Unfortunately I've been all too human lately!

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  • L*I*T*A*
    thanks again so much..........have a great week too................blessings and hugs............lita
    4319 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Luke 13:1-9.

    6 Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any.
    7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?' 'Sir,' the man replired, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'"

    Basiclly, this tree isn't producing fruit, and is just taking and taking but not producing. This is similar to humans. Some of us just take and take, eat and eat, become fat in the Word, but don't produce. Some do this for a long time. Yet we are not cut down and given ample chance for God is a patient God.

    Yet, as we can see, it is our duty to produce fruit. If we kept everything to ourselves, how would others benefit? We have good news and should be excited to share it, and it is awesome. This fruit is many things, the Fruit of the Spirit is "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22,23). Fruit is also us sharing the Good News to all, planting seeds of growth in other people.

    Thanks, Joy, for planting seeds of truth today.

    Hugs, Sunny
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    Comment edited on: 8/24/2009 11:11:30 AM
    Amen! Thank you and have a great day in the Lord! emoticon
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