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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fruitcake Christians

Many people feel about fruitcake like the person who compiled the previous list Let's face it - this sticky confection has gotten a bad rap.  I saw a funny video at Christmas where a woman teasingly said her husband was a lot like a fruitcake noting, "He's heavy, fruity and very nutty!"  We'd all admit that being called a fruitcake has a bad connotation.  But I believe there is one way in which it would be a blessing to be a "fruit - cake."

When you and I as believers are walking in the Spirit, that is we have no unconfessed sin in our lives, we will be full of fruit!  Not the sticky dried kind we find in holiday cakes and cookies, but the fruit of the Spirit.  Galatians 5:22, 23 says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  We won't just have one or two, we will have them all.  Let's take a look at each of them and how they will be manifested in our lives as described by Matthew Henry:

  • Love to God especially, and to one another for his sake
  • Joy, by which may be understood cheerfulness in conversation with our friends, or rather a constant delight in God
  • Peace, with God and conscience, or a peaceableness of temper and behaviour towards others
  • Long-suffering, patience to defer anger, and a contentedness to bear injuries
  • Gentleness, such a sweetness of temper, and especially towards our inferiors, as disposes us to be affable and courteous, and easy to be entreated when any have wronged us
  • Goodness (kindness, beneficence), which shows itself in a readiness to do good to all as we have opportunity
  • Faith, fidelity, justice, and honesty, in what we profess and promise to others
  • Meekness, wherewith to govern our passions and resentments, so as not to be easily provoked, and, when we are so, to be soon pacified
  • Temperance, in meat and drink, and other enjoyments of life, so as not to be excessive and immoderate in the use of them.
It would do us well to read over the list and then review the last 24 hours.  Was that fruit a part of our lives yesterday?  Was it demonstrated to the world?  To our family?  Last night at prayer meeting? To other drivers on the road?  We mustn't look at the list and say, "I need to work on being more longsuffering." Or "I need to ask for more faith."  What we need is to walk in the Spirit.  Verse 25 reminds us of that saying, " If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."  We do that by simply doing what I John 1:9 says and confessing our sin.  Keeping short accounts with the Lord will enable us to be full of fruit.

Ask the Lord to reveal unconfessed sin in your life.  Confess it and then walk in the Spirit.  You may look like a fruit cake, but it will be the best kind!

With love,

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