What else can we magnify God with? I had to think about it, and it dawned on me how much I have talked about the fruit of the Spirit. There is a cute song for children to memorize them and it was given recently as a word of knowledge. So let’s look at fruit and see how we can best magnify it in and by His presence.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22,23. I decided to parcel them into threes, seeing that God works in threes and even the enemy has attempted to copy Him. But first there are more verses that we must familiarize ourselves with about fruit.
Although, Jesus is speaking about false prophets and deception here, for now we are focusing on true believers, and He says, ” You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. Matthew 7:16-20.
The choice is there like in the Garden of Eden, will we choose what God says is good or forbidden fruit. Do we want everything to be peachy or do people really want to be rotten apples, sadly, some must.
As believers, Jesus wants us to bear much fruit. It is not that we all have to have large families but perhaps extended ones. We are reaching out to co-workers, friends and even across social media, and our words have power to produce fruit in the lives of others by prayer and intercession, witnessing and even listening.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18:21
…..for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. Ephesians 5:9
From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. Proverbs 13:12 And there’s several more in Proverbs, but I told you about doing them in threes. You start with love, the greatest of all, the more excellent way, and wind up with self control. He does everything in order for a reason.
Love, joy and peace are listed in that order, one, two, three. They counter fear, terror and torment, and this is my own study and opinion. Why? Love casts out fear, actually it is His love. And Jesus wanted us to ask and have joy, and to remain in joy, that tramples terror, and torment. How can you have torment, if you are graced in His peace, John 14:27?
Now those were easy, I have been doing my best to apply them to my life. So what about four, five, six? Patience, kindness, goodness. Love, joy and peace begin to produce these fruits, they are the counter to, frustration, meanness, unrighteousness. Why?
Patience is so the opposite of anxiety and frustration, when the fruits of the Spirit are operating in your life, Jesus can settle you down. Meanness and even spite, the wanting to get even, lash out or revenge, it is all in that category, the Holy Spirit will kindle kindness. And goodness, we are not good, only God is, and He imparted righteousness because of Jesus. We receive not because we are so good, but because He is.
And seven, eight and nine. Faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Faithfulness counters violence, go back to Proverbs 13:12, being unfaithful or unbelieving causing a craving for violence. Gentleness melts bitterness, aren’t sweet words tastier than sour grapes? And finally, self control does away with being out of control, in any area of life you apply the fruit in. Controlling yourself overcomes temper, anger and rage, all of these work with violence.
So Proverbs 18:21 sums it up? What are we speaking? Death or life? Are we producing fruit for Jesus? Let’s use these fruits of the Spirit, which operate in believers a little more wisely from now on. It deserves further study, see how you would describe the counterpart, and how to overcome it. If you don’t believe what you say matters, think again and start magnifying God and praying His words agreeing with Him.
In closing, I am magnifying Him, with a favorite verse of mine. Remember, words heal and words destroy. And also a verse that is a prayer.
I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. Isaiah 57:19
May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation–the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ–for this will bring much glory and praise to God. Phillipians 1:11. Much glory and praise magnifies Him, and because we are filled with His fruit.
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