There are a number of passages in the Bible that talk about having lives that produce 'fruit'.
One such passage is John 15:1-17: 'The Vine and the Branches'. In this passage, Jesus says things like:
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
He goes on to say:
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.... 17 This is my command: Love each other.
(I encourage you to read the whole passage for yourself)
So what is this 'fruit' that followers of Jesus are meant to bear? Often in scripture, the idea of 'fruit' refers to a 'Godly life', which is a great thing, right?! And also makes a lot of sense in the context of this passage, however, this is quite broad, isn't it?
In this passage, I wonder if Jesus is referring to something slightly more specific, especially in light of the second half of the passage... and that is 'love for others'.
But how do we do this << Test First Name >>?
I believe the only real way to loves others like Jesus wants us to, is to know Him, as He is love, and through the help of the Holy Spirit living in and through us.
I think it is all about pointing people to Jesus and a saving personal relationship with Him.
I encourage you to seek Jesus and ask Him ways to love others this week...
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Posted on Fri, September 6, 2019
by Liberty Office filed under