Oct 31, 2012

If it looks like a banana... and smells like a banana... {Galatians 5:22-23}

Day 31 of 31 days - Part 3
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Today's Verses: 
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 

Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. Matthew 7:20 (NLT)

This is a perfect way to finish off this month's writings!  As we add more and more to our lives to strive for the "inner beauty" that we yearn for - this is the natural result!

Sometimes I have looked at the fruit of the Spirit and try to add those things into me by myself.  The truth is that these are things that come from God, when we are connected to Him.

A peach tree cannot grow a nectarine.  But if an expert gardener grafts a nectarine branch on, it can.  (I have one of those myself, a tree that grows both peaches and nectarines!)  In the same way, I cannot be gentle by simply willing myself to be gentle.  I am gentle because God grafts that on me!  I am gentle or joyful or peaceful or faithful because God enables me to be those things!  

Only in His power.

We are great pretenders!  We can plaster a smile on our faces and tell the world that we are "fine", we can say that we are "in the Word", and we can claim that we are "connected to the vine" (John 15:5), but it is our fruit that will reveal what is really true.  

A banana tree can pretend to be an orange tree, but when the fruit comes out (as fruit eventually will), it's still a banana tree.  Just like the Matthew 7:20 passage reminds us, the fruit of your life will reveal the true person behind the facade. 

If you want to be an orange tree, but you keep growing bananas, I challenge you to consider how connected you are to the Gardener!  

We can only be changed through the Holy Spirit.  

We can only be connected to the Holy Spirit by getting in His Word.

One way we can get into His Word is by going to Bible studies and Sunday services.

Get connected to the Vine and you will produce the kind of fruit you want to produce!

When we are connected and producing the right kind of fruit, THEN we are beautiful!

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