But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Matthew 7:15-20 [ http://iz3.me/XcWP1z3Fe1A1 ]
One of the first things very young children learn is to identify various kinds of fruit — through pictures in a book as well as the actual fruit. The next step is to transfer the knowledge of the fruit to the tree that bears it: apples grow on apple trees and oranges grow on orange trees. The lesson for children? You can tell a tree by its fruit.
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Jesus used that simple connection to make a powerful spiritual application. When warning His followers about false prophets He said, “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16, 20). He went on to explain, “Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.” In fact, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit” (verses17-18). So if the spiritual fruit coming from a person is bad, it is a clear indication of the nature of the tree that bears the fruit. Fortunately, we have examples of the kind of good fruit produced by the Holy Spirit — a standard for spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Jesus’ teaching and Paul’s list cause us to examine ourselves and ask: What kind of fruit are we bearing? (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Fruit is evidence of the root.
By David Jeremiah.