Fruit of the Spirit





Romans 7:  4—So, my brothers, you died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God.


And always remember


Galatians 6:22—But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.


When you are competing consider the fact that


James 3: 16 and 17—For where you have envy and selfish ambition there you find disorder and every evil ambition.  17: But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, FULL OF MERCY AND GOOD FRUIT, impartial and sincere.


You should always try to produce fruit people will recognize as good to glorify your Father in heaven because


Mathew 7: 16 thru 18—By their fruit you will recognize them.  Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17: Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  18: A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.


What kind of fruit do you are you producing? 

Are you allowing God to help you be more fruitful?


John 15: 1 and 2—I am the vine and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.


You did not choose God you answered His call.


John 15: 16 and 17—You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  17:  This is my command:  Love each other.



Are there no fruits of the spirit displayed in competition?


How do you pray for those you are competing with?  Notice I didn’t say competing against.


You may be the only person that prays for or encourages a certain person on that day.


You may be the only person that smiles (really smiles) at that person on that day.


What kind of fruit are you producing?  Are you producing fruit that is appetizing to another person?


Is God proud of what you produce when you compete?