“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.





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