I love a good piece of fruit. There is nothing like a fresh sweet Georgia peach in the morning, or Florida orange after a long run. But there is more to fruit than the pulp. The next time you slice a cantaloupe open notice all the seeds. See, while we enjoy the pulp or meat of the fruit, and benefit greatly from it, the fruit exists for the seed. Fruit is designed to reproduce. Now think with me for a minute about The Fruit of The Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. The Function of the Fruit of The Spirit is much like the pulp or meat of the fruit. Its function is to feed, to nourish, to satisfy, to supply, to energize. Fruit gives life to the body into which it is introduced. It produces life, energy, vitality, and vigor. The Fruit of the Spirit does the same thing in our spirits, it supplies the life of Jesus Christ to our souls. It nourishes, strengthens and encourages. However, we get shortsighted and think that is all there is. Like natural fruit, The Fruit of the Spirit contains the seed of the life of Christ. The Fruit in our life is meant to drop the seed of Christ’s life in others all around us. The Fruit of the Spirit is about the tangible, discernible, transforming reality of Christ in our everyday lives, and then the spreading of that seed into the lives others. So what Fruit are your producing in others; what seed are you dropping inside those around you?
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