Pr. 27:19: “As in water face reflects face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.”
What is truly in our hearts will be reflected in our actions. We may think that we can walk in our own strength, outside of God’s will, and still appear to be living for Him, but our fruit will eventually give us away. The truth of the fruit in our lives reveals what, or who, is really in our heart.
Galatians 5 says that when we are walking in the flesh, our fruit will show as adultery, fornication, uncleanness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like.
When we are walking in the Spirit, our fruit will show as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The truth of the matter is that the fruit of the flesh is what comes most naturally for us. In our natural state, we are selfish and indulgent. The fruit of the Spirit is just that…His fruit. It comes from walking with Him and allowing Him to be the One to feed, water, and fertilize us. John 15:4 reminds us that we cannot bear fruit of ourselves, unless we abide in the Vine. Jesus is the Vine, and our Father is the Vinedresser. When we abide in Jesus, we will bear much fruit, and that fruit will be of the Spirit.
Our flesh wars against the Spirit, just as drought, pestilence, and heat war against healthy plants in nature. We must pay attention to the fruit we are bearing. If we notice something rotten, then adjustments need to be made. We need to ask God to fertilize, prune, protect, and water us with His Spirit and His Word, so that our fruit will once again be of Him.
NOTE: As I was typing this, my son spilled milk on our cloth couch. Instead of reacting in the flesh, yelling and belittling, allowing it to ruin our morning, or going out to buy a new couch, God gave me His Spirit to react with His fruit. I was patient and kind with my son. I practiced self-control by thoroughly cleaning the couch instead of throwing it out and buying a new one (like I wanted to do), and I was able to show joy as I laughed with my kids when they pretended the uncovered couch cushions were cloud town. 🙂 Thank you, God. What a perfect example you allowed me to live out.
Abiding in the Vine,