CONTACT ME TODAY!
WISDOM FOR TODAY
Work Versus Fruit
Work Versus Fruit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love… —Galatians 5:22
Paul had been talking about the works of the flesh, and then in verse 22 he begins, “But the fruit of the Spirit.” The word “but” is a disassociative conjunction. It ties together two contrasting ideas. The contrast is between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit.
Whenever you talk about works, you are talking about a fleshly effort. We all fall into that disappointing trap from time to time. We promise God we will do better next time. Somehow, in spite of the sincerity of my heart, I can’t keep the vows I made.
If I endeavor to please God with my works, I already have an impossible situation, because, “by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified” (Galatians 2: 16).
**If you have the agape love of the Spirit, fruit will come forth from your life.
Whenever you speak of fruit, you’re speaking of a relationship. “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine,” Jesus said, “neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15: 4). If you have that right relationship with God through Jesus Christ, the natural consequence will be fruit. I cannot bring forth the kind of fruit that God wants, except by abiding in Jesus.
The fruit of the Spirit is agape love. You can’t be in a relationship with God without this love coming forth from you—it happens naturally as you abide in Him.
Is the fruit of the Spirit coming forth from your life? Abide in Him and let His words abide in you. Hang in there, and God’s love will begin to develop and be perfected in your life.
Father, help us to leave that positive mark of Your love upon others. In Jesus’ name, amen.
YBIC, Dan Shock Florida Marketplace Ministry
Perspective on Kingdom Work: “Thinking Lost” bit.ly/1iUQg7x -best teaching I’ve heard on the Great Commission
Search For More Articles
LIVING AND POWERFUL The Word of God is living and powerful… —Hebrews 4:12a Seeds are alive. Because of the unique DNA embedded within seeds, each one is capable of reproducing itself, whether it be from a tree, a vine, or a plant. In Luke 8, when Jesus gave the parable of a man who sowed…Read More
THE DECEITFULNESS OF SIN But exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. —Hebrews 3: 13 Sin is deceitful—wickedly deceitful. On the surface, sin looks to be pleasurable, but the Bible warns us that, “There is a way that seems right to man,…Read More
ENTERING GOD’S REST So I swore in My wrath, “They shall not enter My rest.” —Hebrews 3: 11 The writer of Hebrews is quoting from Psalm 95 concerning the day when the people failed to enter the Promised Land, failed to experience the peace and abundance God wanted to give them. God has promised us…Read More