“just as you can identify a tree by its fruit,
so you can identify people by their actions.”
Matthew 7:20 The Bible- New Living Translation
Using this analogy of a fruit-bearing tree, we recognize, first of all,
the fruit is of no use to the tree. In fact, if the tree is not strengthened
nor supported, a good crop could over-burden it or break some branches.
The fruit is for the nourishment of others and for development of mature
seeds for reproduction.
The condition of the root will determine the condition of the fruit.
Sunlight and water are obviously also needed.
To be known or evaluated by our fruit requires some thought about the
source and use of that fruit. Notice the word is singular, not fruits.
Although there are many parts, we observe the whole fruit.
“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.
It may be of help to consider this description of fruit as being progressive
In nature, needing the reception of these nine attributes in the order that
they are given to properly produce the rest.
The nine attributes may be divided into three groups of three:
The only source of the first three is God, being elements of His nature:
God is Love
The Joy of the Lord is our strength (gladness)
The Peace of the Lord is beyond comprehension. The Prince of Peace
These three are given to us to be able to relate to others in hospitality.
Being patient, longsuffering, even-tempered
Extending kindness to all
Allowing God’s goodness to be delivered through us
The final three describe value attributes of character maturity
Faithfulness – loyal commitment – word is bond
Gentleness – strength under discipline. meekness, humility
Self Control – bringing desires under correct boundaries
With the help of God’s Holy Spirit, let your fruit grow and be seen and used.
by Loren Siffring.