Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 7:16-17 (KJV); Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
When some people quote our theme scripture, they refer to physical fruit. Some assume that the fruits herein are cars, nicer clothes or better houses.
The truth of the matter is that it takes spiritual maturity to discern fruit in the life of a man.
Physical and material possessions can be deceptive. Outward behaviour and temperament as a sign of fruit can also be misleading.
In Galatians 5:22-23, the Bible casts light on what we must look at as fruit. It says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
If you wish to discern fruit in the life of another man or in your life, you must ask these questions, “Have you been perfected in the love of God? Are you living in the joy of the Spirit, the kind that is constant regardless of the nature of your circumstances? Do you have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding? Are you patient and long-suffering or do you lose your temper at the slightest provocation? Is the law of kindness at work in your life? Is humility the mark of your spirit? Have you been elevated in faith?
Fruit is manifested through the seamless work of the Spirit of God in your life.
FURTHER STUDY: Luke 6:43-45, Matthew 12:33
GOLDEN NUGGET: Fruit is manifested through the seamless work of the Spirit of God in your life.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I am connected to the great work of the Spirit in my life. I live and abide in You. Because of this understanding, I bear good fruit, in and out of season. The Spirit is at work in me, exercising me in faith, love, kindness, humility, gentleness and goodness. To the glory of Your name, Amen.