Friday, May 21, 2010

fruit anyone?

What kind of fruit to do you enjoy? Strawberries are just about my favorite. I have a friend who hates bananas! She can't touch them. We all have our favorites and those we don't like so much, but whether we like them or not they are all still part of the "Fruit" group, so what are you gonna do? Just because we like one over the other, or if we just don't like one at all, we can't count them out of the group. Somehow they just all fit together in one way or another. Although we can decide which fruit we like and which one we want on our cereal in the morning, God has some fruit we all need more of.
Galatians 5:22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law."

Wow, that's a lot of fruit for one basket to hold. My mom loves fruit cake. Now, there is something I don't even want to touch. Yuck! Ever receive one of those fruit baskets for a gift? Those are nice aren't they? Which fruit do you reach for first? You know as we take our favorites there is always some kind of fruit left in the basket. But here in the fruit of the Spirit, nothing can be left in the basket. Its all for the taking. We cannot have joy if we have not picked up love. We cannot grab up gentleness if we haven't taken a bite of kindness. Its fruit that is good for the soul. Its fruit that fills us up, and makes us want to share with others. This fruit you can't just keep all to yourself. So, in other words, the more fruitier you are, the more others are going to see what you have and want it too!

There are fruit bowls, fruit baskets, fruit punch, and fruit salad. Fruit is good for you and I. Its not only good for us, but it tastes good too. You can take a little bit of fruit and other things to it, and wow, it makes it even more tasty. My daughter just made my mother chocolate covered strawberries. Yum. See, fruit with a little bit of sugar and you got a great combination.

I think Jesus knew we would have our favorites, but He wants us to taste the other fruit too. Do you know what all fruit contains? That's right, seeds. The more fruit that is opened the more seeds there are for growth. The more seeds that are planted the more fruit we have to bear.

God knew exactly what we would need to add flavor and sweetness to our lives. And who doesn't love a little fruit now and then? Ever have one of those fruit smoothies? Oh, goodness gracious they are good. See what happens when a mix fruit is added, shaken and stirred? You get something that is cool and goes down smooth. Its inviting and energizing. Want to share a gift today? Share some fruit and see how tasty is really is!
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