My wife always picks great fruit. When she is at the produce Dept, She is like a savant—perfect apples, grapes, pineapple…She tells me it is pretty obvious. She talks about firmness, texture, color and other factors that from her view make the choices obvious and easy. Well God tells us that there are clear factors for judging fruit in us as well.
The life we lead is a very public thing. What we say, how we respond and our obvious focus and bias speak volumes to others about who and whose we are. If our lives are filled with selfish, impure and evil things, to others it is obvious we are not following any God but ourselves. And guess what, the world is perfectly OK with that. But if the world sees from us things like Love , Joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness gentleness, faithfulness and self control—well that stands out. As his children, we should resemble him. Our fruit should resemble his fruit. As we battle each day, we need to check color, texture and firmness and ask what fruit is noticeable. Help me, Lord to not be a Banana!
God Bless You
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.