Fruit That Nourishes The Soul

Natalie Hendrickson

READ : Galatians 5:16-25

We used to grow citrus trees in large pots. When I went out to harvest the fruit I didn’t expect to find apples on the lemon tree or plums on the lime tree. And I never did. I gathered lemons and limes.

Jesus compared people to fruit-bearing trees. Both are characterized by the good or bad fruit that they yield (Matt. 7:16-20). Likewise, Paul contrasts the fruit (or natural outcome) of a life controlled by impure desires with one controlled by the Holy Spirit of God. When we put our lives in God’s hands we bear a new kind of fruit!

In the orchard of life I found that the change process began when I allowed Christ’s love to seep way down deep into the shriveled roots of my soul. While I knew intellectually that Jesus loved me, often I couldn’t feel his love. As the Spirit took over more and more of my life, head knowledge about Jesus grew into a love relationship with him. In Christ I was grafted onto a new root stock and transformed into a new kind of tree. These days I’m gathering a new crop: love instead of hatred, joy instead of rage, peace instead of envy! What kind of fruit is ripening on your tree?

PRAYER

Dear God, free me to experience Christ’s love so that my life will be full of the good fruit of the Holy Spirit.