Friday, August 29, 2008

What Kind of Fruit Are You?...

"So then, you will know them by their fruits. "
Matthew 7:20

When my husband and I bought our home 38 years ago, we were surrounded by orange groves. Although we don't have an orange tree in our yard, we know many neighbors and friends that do. So we have been blessed with many bags of oranges and even lemons through the years. It's always surprising how oranges can differ from tree to tree, even from the same tree. Most oranges look good on the outside, but many times, it's after that first bite, that you call tell if it's sour, or even if it's dried up on the inside.

So it is with us. Sometimes, it takes getting to know someone before you realize what kind of fruit they produce. Other people, it is evident from the first moment you meet them. It doesn't take long to evaluate what kind of fruit they produce in their lives.

If we know people by their fruit, in a way we are fruit inspectors. Not judges, but fruit inspectors. That also means that my fruit can be inspected as well. I will be known for the fruit that is seen in my life. I don't want my fruit to rot on the branches because I let things spoil me. Things like unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, jealousy...those kinds of things that rot from the inside out. It would be a sad for any woman to be beautiful on the outside and rotten on the inside.

So I have to ask myself, "Do I produce the fruits of, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? "

"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


What kind of fruit are you?

6 comments:

Robin @ Heart of Wisdom said...

I may be a coconut! ;)


I enjoyed your post. I wrote something similar this morning. I have a Fruit of the Spirit meme on Fridays. Pop over and share your link to this post to share with others.

Blessings.

Katia said...

Hi,
I am coming from Robin's blog. Very nice post, I often wonder what kind of fruit I am????
Thanks for the reminder.
Blessings,
Katia

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Patty!

What a beautiful post! The fruit of the spirit...Jesus did say we would know them by their fruits. Some weeks back on my Lilac Blog this very subject was on my heart. Thank you so much for this beautiful post. Patty I am glad our paths crossed, this is just wonderful!

Smiles...

Beverly

lady jane said...

I've of late been in the process of inspecting my own fruit. Necessary. Thank you for this ready devotion!

May I use the following quote found on your sidebar?

**Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says, "Oh no, she's awake."**

theshepherdshouse said...

Thank you for this lovely post to inspire thought and prayer.

I hope you are enjoying a restful Sunday,

Sharon

Patty said...

Thank you for your kind comments.

Robin, I amy be a coconut as well...(:

Lady Jane, yes, of course you may use that quote. I don't even remember where I originally got it from.

Blessings, Patty