8th December 2016

Fruit Bearing Christians

Fruit-Bearing ChristiansJohn 15:2

He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn't produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.

As Christ emphasized in His parable of the vine and the branches, it is vitally important for a Christian to bear fruit. There are, in fact, many types of spiritual fruit mentioned in Scripture.

Perhaps the most important fruit, produced in one’s life by the Holy Spirit, is that of a Christlike character.

Galatians 5:22-23

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Ephesians 5:9

For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

Holiness–the seal of a life dedicated to God–is a particular spiritual fruit.

Romans 6:22

But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.

and

Philippians 1:11

May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation-the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ (Greek- fruit of righteousness)-for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

This entails also the fruit of good works performed in the name of Christ,

Colossians 1:10

Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

The habit of giving thanks and praise rather than complaint and criticism is a valuable Christian fruit.

Hebrews 13:15

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.

Generosity is another important fruit. Paul commended the sacrificial giving of the Philippians:

Philippians 4:17

I don't say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.

Finally, one vital fruit of a Christian witness is fruit borne in other Christians’ lives. Paul’s great desire was

Romans 1:13

I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now. I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit, just as I have seen among other Gentiles.

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