By Their Fruit

Several years ago, I was traveling in Croatia and my group arrived at our host home late in the evening. I remembered walking under a grove of trees and noting how the guest house was surrounded by them. The next morning I awoke to discover our accommodations were surrounded by fruit and olive trees. It was a beautiful sight. (The fruit also made a yummy breakfast!)

In the darkness of night all I saw were trees. However, in the light of day I saw the fruit. It was then I realized what those trees were. I knew because I could see the fruit.

Today’s passage mentions the fruit of the Spirit. When we are living a life seeking to be sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit, the “fruit” is what grows out of our lives.

Just like we knew what the trees were because of the fruit we saw, others will know we are Christians by the fruit of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Dale Tadlock

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