"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Against such there is no law."
In this lovely shot, look at how beautifully the trees are reflected in the water. In fact, I could almost turn our photo upside-down without your being able to tell the difference. This is exactly the way believers are to reflect the glory of God — as a mirror image.
Jesus told us how to do this in John 15:8. “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” Jesus is the vine. Those of us who have joined Him as His followers are grafted in and become branches of that same vine. What follows then is that we will reflect God’s glory by bearing the same kind of fruit that Jesus did on earth.
If we aren’t bearing fruit that reflects God’s glory, our Father, the Vine Grower, will prune us. He’ll cut away the parts of us that are either unfruitful or bearing bad fruit. In addition, God prunes parts that are actually bearing good fruit — to make them even more fruitful.
Check over your own vines carefully. Does the fruit you are bearing reflect the glory of God?
It is fun watching these children trying to resist a single marshmellow. Some had the self-control to succeed ... and others didn't. Self-control (temperance) is one of the keys to a productive life. Too many believers have damaged their testimony because of an area of their lives where they could not seem to exercise self-control.
Lord, my goal is to conduct myself in such a way that, when people look at me, they will see You. Help me exemplify the fruit of the Spirit in everything I say and everything I do.
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