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The Truth About Fruit

John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…”

Have you ever picked up an artificial apple thinking it was real? There is artificial fruit that looks good for a display but has no nutritional value at all. The Lord is concerned about his people bearing fruit, real fruit. True fruit can only come when the life of the true vine is living in you. This fruit is found in Galatians 5:22 and 23 and is the fruit of the Spirit. Remember, we can assemble among the branches and not be abiding in the vine. Counterfeit fruit does not need to abide in the vine it can be manufactured by the flesh. It may appear kind, loving, gentle, longsuffering, etc. but it’s not real.

Counterfeit fruit is revealed during the difficult times.

Those with counterfeit fruit show themselves when they are mistreated.  The real fruit likewise is evident during difficult times. Real love for the unlovable, real joy in times of sorrow, real peace in times of trouble, real longsuffering towards unfaithful people, real gentleness towards those who have wounded you, real goodness towards those who have nothing to offer you, real faith when life does not make sense, real meekness, when you’ve experienced success, and real temperance when you could get away with sin. This is the kind of fruit available to the child of God who truly abides in the Vine! It nourishes you, it ministers to others and it pleases God. You won’t know if you have it until you need it. If it’s not their when you need it then let that be your notice that you are not abiding in the True Vine.

Read John 15:1-16

 
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