God's Truth In Love

Fruit or Vegetable Series Introduction

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Re-posting in advance of Part 1

Sunday, September 15, 2013

As of late, there has been a topic, which has reemerged many different times in several different ways and is now something about which God has given me a mandate to write. That topic is spiritual fruit. Through discussions about sanctification this issue of a Believer’s part in fruit bearing has arouse. Over a meal at a restaurant with several young women and one very slow as well as inattentive server, the matter of applying spiritual fruit to our daily situations became our topic and quest. Then finally, through a simple statement from a protégé, ‘I would like to know the actual definitions for the fruit of the Spirit.’ This individual was referring to the spiritual fruit characteristic listed in the Book of Galatians.

Spiritual fruit. What it is and what it is not. Seems like a simple question right? Well, it is not that simple, as we will explore. Why? Because spiritual fruit and the fruits of the Spirit are another Bible principle that has been very misunderstood because it has been misappropriated.

Let us explore the idea of misappropriation for moment. Here are a few examples of misappropriation to ponder for which the use of will seem much clearer as we progress through this series.

Gun Violence:

There is a “Gun Violence List” which opponents to gun ownership use in order to show us the horrors of gun violence. Not too long ago one of the names on this list was the name of a young man who was labeled a ‘terrorist’ by our government. His name showed up on that list as a victim of gun violence. The discovery of this young man’s name on this list is how the truth about the names and numbers of people on the list surfaced. This young man had, from all evidence, set off a bomb in Boston and was later shot and killed by the police while they tried to apprehend him. This person, labeled a terrorist, was later labeled a victim of gun violence and placed on a list that government officials use to try to justify their case for gun control and gun ownership restriction. Come to find out there were many, many, names on that list of people who had been shot by law enforcement during a criminal act, the number was outstanding. Victims of gun violence? Really? No, there was a misappropriation of information in order to support a desired end.

Intelligence:

There is intelligence, book learning, and paper intelligence. Two out of three are a misappropriation of true intelligence. Paper intelligence is a person who holds a degree in higher education and therefore is presumed to be intelligent even though the individual did little on their own to obtain that degree, having primarily bought their way through the process. Yes, it happens. Book learning is someone who has acquired a great deal of information in his or her mind but has no idea how to use that information in life. Intelligence is the ability to acquire knowledge, apply knowledge, to reason, use common sense, problem solve, navigate situations successfully and possession of some degree of wisdom. True intelligence is not easily recognized today or understood properly. Why? A misappropriation of the fundamentals of what true intelligence looks like.

Fruit, Manners, Manipulation:

The final example would be trying to determine if something is fruit, manners, or manipulation. Spiritual fruit and the fruits of the Spirit come from a heart that loves Jesus and is given over to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Good manners are the world’s misappropriation of spiritual fruit and/or the fruits of the Sprit. A person can exemplify kindness, gentleness, self-control, most if not all of the fruits of the Spirit listed in the Bible and be rotten to core on the inside. Outward manners are no indicator of true spiritual fruit or the fruits of the Spirit manifest in someone’s life via the Holy Spirit. A more sinister form of misappropriation, or more to the point a counterfeit of spiritual fruit, is the exhibition of what appears to be the fruits of the Spirit for the purpose of manipulation. This manipulation is intended strictly for getting what one wants, for using people in some manner. I realize it sounds horrible and some people even look at subtle forms of manipulation as politeness or tact, but nevertheless, it is an indirect attempt to get from another person information or action one wants. Not everyone intends to manipulate by the way they act and handle other people. Some do it without thinking, some are more sinister and others think as I already stated that they are being polite. I want bother to address the flat out manipulators who are attempting to use people but I will address briefly the more innocent manipulators. All manipulation is not of God but of Satan and with that said both God and Satan know people have needs. Satan preys on those needs to motive people to manipulate others to get those needs met. People need to be more open, honest, and straightforward about getting their need for love, significance, stability control, appreciation, security, care, attention, companionship, etc. met so they can live with people without playing games, something more accurately defined as manipulation.

I leave you with two thoughts to ponder leading up to the next piece, which will be “Fruit or Vegetable” Series, part one.

1. Both, true spiritual fruit and the fruits of the Spirit should manifest in the CURRENT Spiritual Remnants life via the Holy Spirit.

2. The Bible directs us to be individual who bear fruit, not be spiritual vegetables.

 

 

Spiritual/Political Disclaimer:

This blog will not be for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It will not be in any way politically correct. It will make every effort to share the truth in love, [Ephesians 4:11-16], to a decaying and dying society and church. I share what I share not to hurt, harm, or offend any person[s] or group; I do it because Christ’s Standard and Truth is not being represented by enough of His Followers and I do it out of love. I love enough to tell His Truth.

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

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