Daily Devotions

Fruit, The New Year Essential

Fruit, The New Year Essential (by Kathy Gabler)

Fruit is healthy for the physical body, but we don’t benefit from it being beautifully displayed in the fruit bowl.  It has to be eaten and ingested to become a part of us.  Likewise we read about the fruits of the Spirit, but until they are evidenced in our lives we have an ideal rather than an impact.  The fruits of the Spirit are not an optional dessert on the buffet of the Christian life. Fruit Neither are the fruits of the Spirit a spiritual nature that we struggle to display.  The fruit of the Spirit is His nature and when we submit to and follow the Holy Spirit (in daily choices) we manifest His nature.  Believer or non-believer, who doesn’t benefit from God bringing “gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard–things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”  (Galatians 5 The Message)

(This excerpt is from Kathy’s article “Fruit, The New Year Essential” which appeared in SEEC Magazine in the December/January issue. Further installments will appear on this page over coming days.)

 Marty, Kathy and Melissa Gabler, Jim Hodges, Dr. Don Crum, Simon Purvis, Jim Becton speaking at the 6th Annual Concerning The Kingdom Conference * March 6-8, 2013 * More info CLICK HERE.

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