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Fruit or Vegetable Series ~ Part Six – Dried Fruit

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The three most common ways to dry fruit would be either in the oven, in an electric dehydrator, or in the air/sun. Each method has its pros and cons, taking different lengths of time; nevertheless all three will eventually get the job done. All three require that air be present and able to circulate around the fruit. All three require that the temperature applied to the fruit be low, yet steady, just hot enough to drain the fruit of its moisture. There are times when slowly, through the applying of just enough heat, while still being able to fully breathe air spiritually we are drained ever so carefully and slowing of our spiritual fruit.

Let me get personal for a moment. I recently went through something physical, which was out of my control and the result physically left me perplexed. Though intellectually I could understand what was wrong with me I knew there was a missing component. Whereas, I was sad over the physical problem and obviously sad over the cause, deep inside I felt the sadness much more intensely than seemed to be warranted physically. A second dynamic was that even though I continued to sense the still small voice of God on all kinds of matters, I could not get understanding on why this sadness seemed so profound. Then I realized a spiritual principle I had known for too many years to be hiding from at that point. You cannot hear God’s true guidance and His real Voice, inside yourself, if you are not truly willing to hear Him on and know His Will in the matter.

I immediately repented and sought to hear and understand God clearly on this matter. His still small voice came through as clear as ever inside my spirit. The deep sadness I felt was over the realization that while I simply journeyed on in my walk and service with the Lord I had allow fruit dryers to drain my joy. It was not a conscious choice but it was a choice by default and one that had consequences because when I needed my joy to combat a physical cause of sadness I was lacking – joy was in short supply.

Spiritual translation…

Having endured a tough couple of years, it climaxed in a very unpleasant event, which resulted in physical injury for me. I am fine now and getting back to better than normal with each passing day. This event thrust me into a sense of sadness over all those people who I deemed “ungrateful” in the world. My sadness caused me to begin to think very negatively about them all. Until God showed me clearly that my sadness was not because of an injury, it was not because of ungrateful people, it was not because I was physically uncomfortable for a while – my sadness was because I had allowed myself to be drained of my personal resources, energies, and spiritual fruit by unproductive ventures, also known as, dried fruit. The moment I made the realization and set to make things right through repentance, taking an active role with God’s leading to change those choices, my sadness lifted and I began to feel joy again – I began to feel like me.

Anyone is vulnerable to being drained by Dried Fruit if they are not mindful of their lives, their service, and their God-given purpose. Almost anything or anyone can be Dried Fruit in your life. It can be a job that is no longer God’s Will for you. It can be an event you agreed to be a part of but now you see you have made an error. It can be a family member who requires more than you have to give and more than they should receive. It can be a lifestyle trait that is no longer working [God] for you. It can be a resistance that has settled in your soul, which keeps you in one place and out of the place, God wants you to be. It can be a person you love but who is poison for you. It can be someone you minister to that drains your spiritual resources without any real signs of growth, tangible results or change. It can be a ministry your doing that God was done with ages ago. It can be your own desire to have, to do, to be, etc. anything beyond or outside of God’s Will for you.

I know I pursued my Dried Fruit relentlessly and by doing so dried my own fruit. How did I let this happen and why did I do this? I understand why, but why is no excuse for allowing it to happen. I love people. Once I love you, I love, and that is that. I am dedicated and loyal to that love and to you or the venture in which I am partaking. This is a godly trait and good spiritual fruit but when my own spiritual fruit becomes something that can be used against me, it becomes dangerous – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Did you get that? Your own spiritual fruit can be used against you by Dried Fruit who will in turn suck you dry if they are allowed. Whether it is a group or an individual, whether they realize it or not, whether it is done through innocence or malice – all is irrelevant, it is your responsibility to regularly check your fruit with God and allow Him to do the necessary pruning in your life to ensure your continued fruit bearing.

What would God desire to prune out of your life so you can bear more fruit?

John 15:2 (NKJV) Jesus speaking

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

 

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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Fruit or Vegetable Series ~ Part Five – Fruit Salad

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

When you combine all the various aspects of both spiritual fruit and the fruits of the Spirit found in lifestyle fruit, service fruit, doctrinal fruit and trait fruit what emerges is three overwhelming passions characteristic of the hardcore spiritually uncompromising Devoted Follower of Jesus. These individual have found the Center of what, all of life is truly about. The merging of all aspects of spiritual fruit collides in one spiritually passionate child of God.

Those three overwhelming passions, also a form of spiritual fruit, are as follows. 1 – A quest to make Truth known, understood, and accepted. 2 – A desire to know and do the Will of God. 3 – A willingness to expose sin.

Ephesians 5:8–13 (NKJV)

Walk in Light

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

The fruit of Truth is found within the deeply committed Follower of Christ. They wish the Truth of God’s Word to be known and properly understood. That Truth is the primary guiding force of their life for within that Truth is all the answers to life and all godly wisdom. These individual have come to realize that Truth is the final authority on all matters and the only real spiritual power. You can be in a group of people ranging from the youngest person in the Lord to the godliest spiritual leader who has served Christ for years and within that group, the individual who holds the spiritual authority is the individual who is speaking spiritual Truth because Spiritual Truth is the ultimate authority. Spiritual Truth makes Christ known, Truth is Christ – Truth is not just a principle, concept, or thing it is a person, Jesus the Christ. – – John 14:6 (NKJV) – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

When a person has truly surrendered to Christ, and His lordship over their lives they exhibit the fruit of desiring to both know and do His Will. A deep transformation has taken place in the individual where a level of spiritual understanding and trust has conquered all personal resistance. Individuals who bear this fruit know that God’s Will far surpasses in goodness and satisfaction anything they can dream of or conceive on their own. They trust that their Lord, their God, knows them better than they know themselves and what He directs them to do or not do is in their very best interest in life. Beyond the person, these people burn with a yearning for others to know and desire to do God’s Will above their own. For some individuals it is even hard to imagine why people would want their own will over God’s Will. The Will of God brings true life, hope, rest, purpose, fulfillment, and so much more to life – desiring it cannot and will never fail you.

A spiritual fruit, which seems in short supply these days, is the distain for and abhorring of sin, both personal sin and sin on other peoples part. To abhor sin is not to condemn or judge a person; it is however, using spiritual discernment to recognize sin as sin. We are required as a people of God to have no fellowship with darkness partaking in its sin[s], we are rather to expose it for what it is – sin. Our mere presence in the environment of sin and darkness puts our stamps of approval on what is taking place. The sold-out type of individuals I referred to earlier are not going to endure the environment of sin for long. If they have personal sin in their lives, they will loath themselves to some degree until that sin is dealt with and removed. If they are around sin being committed by others, they are very uncomfortable and usually feel intensely compelled to speak out against the sin, which is exactly what the Scripture above tells us to do. Vanilla Christians and/or religious people often call these Dedicated Spiritual Remnant intolerant – well, they are to some degree, intolerant of sin, sin not people. People have greatly misappropriated the Scripture about ‘love covering a multitude of sin’ [1 Peter 4:8], which has more to with not becoming easily offended by your brothers and sisters in Christ and less to do with actually overlooking, covering up, or not addressing sin in your or another person’s life. We do not lavish or reward “sin” with misappropriated spiritual fruit we instead expose it thus bearing true spiritual fruit.

 

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.

Fruit or Vegetable Series ~ Part Four – Trait Fruit

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

In this part of the series, we will primarily focus on trait fruit, such as the fruit of the Spirit.

We will start by introducing the fruit of the Spirit – those traits which can be found in the CURRENT Spiritual Remnant of God but that might not be found in religious individuals. In this part of the series, we will not cover the fruit of the Spirit in detail, as we will at a later date; this will be a mere overview. In future pieces we will cover the individual traits found within the fruit of the Spirit in detail.

An import aspect of studying the fruit of the Spirit is to realize and process spiritually the fact that it is “the fruit of the Spirit” and not the fruits of the Spirit, in the plural sense. Most commonly, it is referred to as the fruits of the Spirit but it is not several aspects or traits it is one spiritual trait. It is the evidence of the, singular, Spirit of God within a person’s life, character, heart, and spirit.

No one individual possesses one hundred percent of God’s Spiritual Character, we by His grace manifest portions of that character to certain degrees. One Spiritual Remnant might manifest ten percent “peace” and eighty percent “goodness”. Nevertheless, they manifest both to some degree because they belong to, and are dedicated to, the Almighty. The point being, at different times in life people will manifest different degrees of the fruit of the Spirit. What serves as proof one is walking in the Spirit – being led by the Spirit – is the fact that there is a greater evidence of “the fruit of the Spirit” than there is evidence of the “works of the flesh” in their lives. If an individual after spiritual conversion for an extended period of time continues to manifest more of the works of the flesh than they do the fruit of the Spirit, said individual might need to reexamine the sincerity of their commitment to Jesus the Christ.

Please note the actual spiritual fruit traits are underlined.

Galatians 5:16–26 (NKJV)

Walking in the Spirit

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness[KJV – lasciviousness], 20 idolatry, sorcery [KJV – witchcraft], hatred, contentions [KJV – variance], jealousies [KJV – emulations], outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, [KJV – strife] [KJV – seditions]21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness [KJV – gentleness], goodness, faithfulness [KJV – faith], 23 gentleness [KJV – Meekness], self-control [KJV – temperance]. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

What are your percentages? Is there more evidence of the fruit of Spirit or more evidence of the works of the flesh? Scripture warns us to ‘examine ourselves and see if we are in the faith’ [2 Corinthians 13:5].

 

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.

Fruit or Vegetable Series ~ Part Three – Misappropriation

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

In the series introduction, we explored examples of misappropriation of something in order to create an inaccurate understanding, example, belief, façade, etc. To ones horror, this happens with the Holy Scriptures of God as well. People misuse or take Scripture passages out of context distorting their meaning, changing their meaning, or adding to [stretching] their meaning beyond original intent.

Now that said let me explain something about Scripture and the meanings of words or phrases in Scripture. Read this careful and do not take my comments here out of context.

Scripture, the Holy Bible, is the LITERAL Word of God. Within it, we find literal events with a spiritually figurative meaning. Meaning, it has spiritual application for us today even though the principles, guidelines, and events one is reading about happened and/or were written down so many years ago. Very often when you look up a word or phrase from the Bible in the Hebrew [OT] or even more often in the Greek [NT] Language, within the definition will be a notation that the word or phrase has both “literal” and “figurative” meaning, literal and figurative, not or figurative – this equals literal and spiritual application/meaning.

Keeping that in mind, we shall proceed.

“Fruit”- spiritual fruit and the fruit of the Holy Spirit involve the entirety of a person not a single aspect of their life, lifestyle, character, demeanor, etc. Therefore, when reading and study on the subject of “fruit” in the Scriptures one must examine the overall context of what is being taught.

The following two teachings Jesus taught about bearing fruit is a good example of how Scripture has been stretched by individuals in order to put too much or all the focus on one type of fruit. These particular Scriptures have more to do with lifestyle, service, and doctrinal fruit than they do trait fruit, as found in Galatians chapter five.

Please note underlining.

Matthew 7:15–21 (NKJV) Jesus speaking

False and True Teaching

Luke 6:43–45 [Gospels harmony]

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Luke 6:39–45 (NKJV) Jesus speaking

Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind

Matt. 7:3–5, 16–18 [Gospels Harmony]

39 And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Though many individuals attempt to apply these two teaching of Jesus primarily to trait fruit which is listed in Galatians, these particular passages have more to do with lifestyle, service, and doctrinal fruit than they do trait fruit, as change in life direction, not simply change in character, is the primary focus of surrounding teachings.

Therefore, Jesus is instructing them to look at the “fruit” of those who will come in His Name claiming to be His Followers. They are false prophets if they are teaching another Jesus, strange doctrine or distorted doctrine that does not line up with the overall Truth of Scripture. Their fruit, their teaching, will be bad – a distortion of Scripture. This is ramped in the religious community today. Between the inclusion teaching, the motivational/positive thinking teaching, extremely distorted word of faith teaching, prosperity teaching, God manipulation teaching, etc. many, once true Believers have been lead into the spiritual ditch where spiritually they are starving to death and dying. People are starving because they are living off low-grade morsels of food instead of real spiritually nutritious food.

That said, a side note here. People are getting what they wanted. They had/have itching ears – as Scripture said they would – and they no longer desired the Truth of the Word of God they want/wanted to feel good so greedy religious leaders out of a love for money – as Scripture warned against a leader becoming – greedy religious leaders gave the people what they wanted. False teaching is a product of bad doctrinal fruit. Whereas, lack of a specific fruit of the Spirit does not disqualify a person for service or ministry the manifestation of the wrong fruit/works doctrinally in the form of false teaching can and should. We are to flee false teachers and teachings.

When people say they know Christ, yet they continue in their same pre-Christ lifestyle year after year and with no desire to serve the Lord Jesus in any capacity whatsoever they are displaying bad lifestyle and service fruit. In Acts 19:11-20 we see the people of Ephesus steeped in occultism, black magic, witchcraft, etc. turn to Jesus and immediately burn all their books [v.19] and begin to service the Lord.

A progressive change in lifestyle and priorities is evidence of good fruit and a true commitment to Christ. That said, please note some people will cling to one particular area of sin or selfish behavior for years before they completely release it to the Lord Jesus but if someone is clinging to all their past behavior and progressing spiritually almost none at all then there is a problem.

In the area of service, spiritual leaders should be warned against over investing in the above-described type of person. There responsibility before God is to see to it they invest their time wisely, in those who want to and show evidence of spiritual growth and change. Moreover, service is another area where all Believers should be bearing good fruit. Paul certainly desired to bear fruit.

Romans 1:13 (NKJV)

Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.

Both spiritual leaders and Believers should exhibit some form of good fruit. If a Believer claims to be a Believer but has zero interest in seeing the Kingdom of God grow in some manner, in some form, to some degree, then, again, something is wrong because they are exhibiting bad fruit.

This should bring a more balanced view to lifestyle, service, and doctrinal fruit versus trait fruit, which we will cover in future parts of this series.

 

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.

Fruit or Vegetable Series ~ Part Two – Is it a Fruit or a Vegetable

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

In part one we determined that outward manners are no indicator of true spiritual fruit or the fruits of the Spirit being manifest in someone’s life via the Holy Spirit. The lack thereof of good manners is no clear indicator either. I have known men and women of God who were very much lead by the Spirit of God, serving God, and love God dearly but lacked in some area of manners, spiritual fruit, or had what one might call an Achilles Heel. In later segments, we will explore how lack of a specific fruit of the Spirit does not disqualify a person but manifestation of the wrong fruit/works can. In this part, we will examine the difference between fruit and vegetables, thus giving us a clue to how we can spot each within the spiritual and religious communities of our day.

The Bible directs us to be individual who bear fruit, not be spiritual vegetables. Spiritually speaking what would be fruit and what would be a vegetable. We will start by actually looking at the definitions of both words.

fruit =

noun = 2 : OFFSPRING, PROGENY
progeny = 2 : OUTCOME, PRODUCT
3 : a body of followers, disciples, or successors

Fruit, spiritually speaking, is a manifestation of what is left behind in other people that was passed on or poured into said people by the fruit bearer/individual. This type of fruit is not always found in the process but instead in the result, the outcome, the end product. Did the person have something that they passed on to others, which was spiritually sound and beneficial.

vegetable =

adj. = 3 : resembling or suggesting a plant (as in inertness or passivity)

inertness = lack of action or activity see INACTION

noun = 3 : a person whose mental and physical functioning is severely impaired and especially one who requires supportive measures (as mechanical ventilation) to survive

A spiritual vegetable can be spotted by their passivity and apathy toward the things of God. They often lack any spiritual activities beyond maybe church attendance, which does not make anyone spiritual or even a true Believer. Spiritually there seems to be no pulse in these individuals, they cannot see God in the world, in their lives, or in their communities. If they were ever truly spiritually regenerated in Christ Jesus they are now simply on spiritual life-support barely spiritually alive.

Our desire should be to surround ourselves with those individuals given to being spiritually fruitful versus hanging out with a bunch of 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.