Posts Tagged ‘Fruit of the Spirit’

Galatians 5:16-26 Selfish or Selfless

Works with all of life’s responsibilities. Jesus set this model in action; Servant King.

Paul is now setting out the “marching orders” for his readers. They are NOT under the law but they are also not free to do whatever they want. They are to bear fruit pleasing to the Spirit, not the flesh.

We are not under the law but under grace. But grace is not a free card to do whatever we want and then pretend to be sorry for it. I’ve heard it said that it is easier to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission. The problem with that is that if you know you are going to need forgiveness for what you are about to do, you shouldn’t do it in the first place.

Paul is telling his readers to examine what they are doing. Their actions will fall into two categories; works of the flesh and works of the Spirit. These two camps are at war with each other. The flesh is selfish and seeks only its own pleasure. While the Spirit seeks to build others up in love. Read more »

Luke 13:6-9 Where’s The Fruit

When will you bear fruit?

Are you bearing fruit?

Jesus shares a story with us today. He tells His listeners about a vineyard owner and his fig tree. Luke is the only one who shares this parable with us. Jesus has other encounters with fig trees, but this one is unique to Luke’s gospel account.

I have a question I want to ask Jesus concerning this story when we have our bench time. What I want to know is how old this fig tree was. I want to know if it was a well-established tree or a newly planted one. The fig tree doesn’t usually fruit for the first five years. This farmer had only given this tree three years. His vinedresser asked for one more year. That would have still been too early for most fig trees to be bearing fruit. The added manure might have speeded up the process, but I don’t know for sure on that point. Read more »