Producing fruit….

I love eating fruit.

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Apples, grapes, bananas, strawberries, oranges…well, I think you get the idea. The sweet juices of a good piece of fruit stir up my taste-buds and make me thirsty for more. I have particularly noticed that after an extremely long and cold winter, I seem to crave fresh fruit even more. Perhaps my body needs to recharge with the freshness of a crisp apple or a juicy sweet grape. Regardless, I truly enjoy it.

As Christians, we should produce fruit.

That’s right–fruit. Not the kind of fruit that grows on trees or a vine, but the kind the Apostle Paul talks about in his letter to the Galatians.

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Galatians 5:23

Wow!

I don’t know about you, but I fall a little short in producing enough of the type of fruit Paul is talking about in this verse.  Instead I tend to whine, find fault with everyone and everything, and worry!

My prayer is for me–and for you–is that instead of stressing out over everything around us in this crazy world, we take to heart these words of Paul in his letter to the Philippians:

Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.  If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  Philippians 4:6

Wishing you a wonderful weekend — and to all you Moms and Grandmas out there — Happy Mother’s Day.

 

 

 

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