Fruit of the Spirit

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Jesus used many agricultural analogies to explain spiritual truths.  The parable of the four soils illustrates that the effect of God’s Word is directly related to the condition and receptivity of a person’s heart to God.  In comparing it to the growth of God’s kingdom on earth, the parable of the mustard seed illustrates how something so small can grow into something so expansive.

Jesus often referred to fruit in his parables.  The seed planted in good soil bears fruit sixty and one hundred-fold.  Those who abide in Him bear much fruit.

The apostle Paul picks up on the metaphor of fruit when he describes the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  The fruit of a plant is the ultimate goal.  Fruit is the outgrowth of the life inside it.  Each plant has its own distinctive fruit.  Apple trees produce apples. Grape vines produce grapes. Tomato plants produce tomatoes.  What does the Holy Spirit produce in the life of a believer? Paul tells us – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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