Art by Teleah Wood

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There are many types of fruit mentioned in the Bible. A fruit is a reproductive system of certain plants where the outer part protects the inner contents until they are developed enough to be processed into seeds. When the fruit is ripe the outside is ready as well as the inside—the outside for consuming and the inside for producing more fruit.

So while the literal definition is centered around offspring, figuratively, fruit is the product of a person’s actions —whether by mind, body and/or spirit; a developing character.

As creations of God, we are similarly structured as plants, and when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit begins sprouting characteristics of a new you.

Galatians 5:19-23 is an important scripture to understand and refer to throughout your walk as a believer. It identifies our worldly ways and then goes on to describe the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit. Below I will quote verses 19-21 from the MSG version and then verses 22-23 from KJV for reference:

“It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex, a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods, magic–show religion, paranoid loneliness, cutthroat competition, all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper, an impotence to love, or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small–minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.

This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.” MSG

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.“ KJV

The Bible goes on to explain that when you belong to Christ, the old fruit gets ripped off and thrown away leaving room and opportunity to walk in Spirit exhibiting God’s produce. So next time you leave home, don’t forget your fruit!

Have a blessed day and remember that Jesus loves you! ♥️

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