Jn. 12:24 π Jn. 15:1 π Jn. 15:8
“Herein is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be My disciples.” ( Jn. 15:8; top )
Jesus said, “I am the true vine and My Father (not the devil) is the vinedresser.” ( Jn. 15:1; top ) Many times after asking the Lord to cleanse us and purify us, we experience trials and, forgetting our prayer, we start rebuking the source of our trial by blaming it on the devil. If we persevere patiently through the trial and fire of sorrows in our lives, His purging will make our fruits more palatable and nourishing to hungry, hurting people. The fruit of the spirit of our life is not given to satisfy ourselves but to the spiritually destitute. We’ve never seen a tree eating its own oranges, and we’ve never seen a tree picking its own grapes. When a person comes along and it seems they are giving us a bad time., all they are really doing is picking our fruit.
Often we meet people who seem to irritate us to no end, and we wonder what is going on. If we don’t get upset, and relax through it, we’ll see they’re just picking our fruit – and we should be careful that they aren’t picking discouragement and bitterness. If we can keep our spirit at peace and a joyful countenance during this encounter, they will be fed and satisfied, because they have eaten the fruit of righteousness and it ministers healing, new hope, encouragement, and gives new life. The ultimate along this line is being totally united to Jesus. Then the same fruit that flowed from Jesus will adorn our every branch and heal with the same profundity that Jesus’ did. However, if we don’t show the same fruits as Jesus did, then it must be we are insubordinate and unsurrendered. “Truly, truly, I say to you, except a kernel of wheat fall to the ground and die, it remains alone: but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” ( Jn. 12:24; top )
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