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Whose fruit?

There is a silly picture that keeps popping up in my mind.  I see a young fruit tree curling its toes (I mean, roots) and pushing with all its might.  Its face is scrunched and holding its breath, the tree mutters, “COME ON, FRUIT!  POP already.  I’m trying as hard as I can.”

On either side of this striving little tree are giant trees, loaded with fruit.  They are quiet, faces (make that leaves) turned upward seeking the Son (err, sun).

Can you relate?  I sure can.  That picture comes straight from the Holy Spirit for me.  I am a doer…a toddler crying, “Me do it!”  And my Guide, my Comforter says, “That is my work, not yours.  Seek the Son.”

The Amplified version of Galatians 5:22-23a renders more clarity:

But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,  Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence)…

Spiritual success never flows from striving but only from surrender.  The fruit that I produce will have earthly impact, but only the work of the Spirit produces eternally good fruit.  I don’t want to waste my time striving anymore.  I want to soak in the sun and live with joy–that will produce the growth I long to see!

It is pride that pushes. Hope is found in humility.  Seeing our need, seeking the One who meets all needs and joyful receiving Him produces victory.  Putting our roots into the soil of God’s love while reaching up to the Light of His love is the key to beautiful fruit that blesses us and others.

What desire beats strong in your heart?  What blocks that desire from being fulfilled?  Ask the Spirit within…He knows and wants you to know as well.  Press in deeply and watch Him work!

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Growing Spiritual Fruit

 

Character is described aptly as ‘who you are when no one is looking.’  Christianity is no a self-improvement project but we represent Christ.  In fact, we are being transformed into His image.  Knowing what HE looks like, helps us as we take responsibility for the things that are ours to do.

Let’s take a look at some important Christian Character attributes.  Using a scale of 0-10, consider whether you never (0) exhibit the trait or you consistently (10) demonstrate that trait.

Loving (accepting & available)

Forgiving (not holding grudges)

Respectful (honors others and self)

Trustworthy (count on their promises)

Humble (puts others first)

Honest (transparent, truthful)

Patient (willing to wait w/o complaint)

Peaceful (quiet confidence in good)

Joyful/Hopeful (expects good to come)

Self-controlled (vs. addiction-controlled)

Do any of those traits cause you dismay?  There is good news:  these are by-products of a Spirit-filled life.  We do not transform ourselves; the Holy Spirit is our power source.

Developing these flavors in our lives is the goal of Discipleship Coaching.  Take time now, to list—in order of priority, the three things from above that you most desire to develop.

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Our history is part of us; it need not define us or limit us.  However, when we stuff it away without understanding, negative stuff can simmer deep within.  Living fully in the freedom of Christ requires bringing even the past into the Light of His love. As you consider the character traits that trouble you, you may find lingering resentment about negative deposits in your character bank.  Forgiveness sets you free…ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything limiting your fruit.  If you feel resentment in your heart, please visit Discipleship Coaching – Forgiveness.

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