Fresh fruit is beautiful.
All fruit is fragile.
Although the it holds within itself seeds to reproduce, the main function of fruit is to nourish others.
It isn’t achieved by working hard to grow itself but by abiding in the nourishment of the tree.
Old fruit is mushy.
Old fruit is moldy.
Old fruit is unusable.
Fruit is best when it is fresh, it is the same with the fruit of the Spirit:
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)
If you want fresh joy to infuse your spirit,you don’t get it by trying to be joyful- you get it by abiding in God’s presence.
You can’t walk in God’s peace until you get God’s perspective.
When you focus on how God has been faithful to you, a desire to be faithful is birthed in you.
When you receive the gentle love of Jesus, you will have gentle love to nourish others with.
And the crazy thing about self control is that it is strongest when you are surrendered.
How is your spiritual fruit looking?
Are you holding on to moldy love?
Stop holding into it and lay it down at the feet of the cross.
Then like a tree planted by streams of living water- sink your roots deep, lift your limbs to heaven and drink in the light of God’s loving grace.
Fresh fruit is best.
Don’t settle for less- you don’t have to live that way.