God’s design and purpose is for us to bear good fruits
It is God’s design for us to “bear fruit.” However, sin disables us from doing so. No one can bear “good fruit” because only God is good (Mark 10:18). However, when we’re connected to the true vine, Jesus causes us to bear these fruits. Apart from Him, we cannot be fruitful. (John 15:5)
What are the “9 Fruit” of the Spirit?
When we obey Jesus, He causes us to “Bear Fruit.” There are “9 fruits,” but the word fruit used in verse is not plural. The “fruit of the Spirit” is taken as a “whole bunch.”
How can I Bear Fruit?
To produce more fruits (for example, grapes), the grapevine leaves are pruned to be more fruitful. Jesus used the grapevine to illustrate how we can bear fruit. However, there are “fake vines” that produce rotten fruits. Jesus is the “true vine,” and God the Father is the vinedresser.
How will you know the real vine?
- Jesus is omnipresent; ask Him. Believe and receive Him as your personal Savior.
- Get to know Jesus by reading the ‘Book of John’ in your daily Quiet Time.
- Ask Jesus to send the Great Counselor, the Holy Spirit, who will help you understand His words.
- Grow in genuine repentance, radically changing your mind and have nothing to do with sin.
- Look for a support group or Christian church to help you grow spiritually.
The season of harvest
It takes three years for a grapevine to produce fruits, and pruning has a lot to do with it. Holy Spirit empowers a person who begins to bear fruit. The process of maturity takes nurturing. A good fruit ripens in season.
- Love – You will develop a forgiving heart.
- Joy – In sadness, you will find joy in knowing Jesus.
- Peace – Problems will always be there, but you will have peace.
- Patience – You are less impatient. Instead, you trust God in all circumstances.
- Kindness – Being kind to others abounds in your heart, even if others are not kind to you.
- Goodness – You always seek out the greater good of others and gravitate to all that is good.
- Faithfulness – The first thing you do when you wake up is to pray and read God’s word.
- Gentleness – You are no longer aggressive or impulsive; you make it a point to speak gently to people, even if they anger you.
- Self control – You choose to say NO to sexual immorality, gluttony, or greed.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vineyard keeper. 2 Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit.
3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch cannot produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in Me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit because you can do nothing without Me.
6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown aside like a branch, and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you.