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Fruit by Dr. J.T. Parish

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An elementary school teacher asked a boy to give an example of a common noun. Little Johnny said, “I don’t know, but I can tell you an uncommon noun.” The teacher answered, “I never heard of an uncommon noun.” Johnny replied, “Trousers – singular at one end and plural at the other.”

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.” (Galatians 5:22 – 23) “The fruit is” nine things, and that is not a misprint. If I had been writing this scripture I would have said, “The fruits are”, and I would have been wrong. There are nine different fruits of the Spirit but they all grow as one.

A person might say, “I have the fruit of love but not joy or peace.” – but it doesn’t work like that. The life of Jesus Christ was the perfect example of the fruit of the Spirit. When we receive the Holy Spirit and we yield to His leadership and work, all the fruit grows together.

Just like any other fruit, the fruit of the Spirit grows. We may receive a gift, but we grow fruit. We don’t plant an apple tree on day and gather apples the next day. Neither do we get born again one day and become a full grown, fruitful person instantly. We should be patient with young Christians and help them grow in fruitfulness.

The way to become more Christ-like is to yield to the holy Spirit and let the fruit of the Spirit grow in our lives.

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