If I gave you a glass of apple juice and promised you it came from an orange... would you believe me? No, you wouldn't. Why? Because you have seen an apple. You have tasted an apple. You have had apple juice before. There's a distinct color, smell, and taste that is drastically different from that of an orange. You would just think I was crazy or simply lying.
If you take an apple and put it in a juicer, apple juice comes out. If you take an orange and squeeze it, orange juice comes out. They can't lie. The juice is the byproduct of them being squeezed.
When life squeezes you, what comes out? When life cuts you, what is revealed? When life presses you, chops you up, peels you open... it reveals what you are made of.
Galatians 5:22-23 tells us the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. THE FRUIT of THE SPIRIT. If you're a christian following Jesus and life squeezes you, does any of this come out? I know... that's a hard pill to swallow. This isn't exactly the easiest blog I've ever written but bare with me and keep reading.
We are all fruit. We are all at some point in life going to get squeezed. When trials and tests come, when pressing comes, it reveals what we are made of. Let it not be anger. Let it not be gossip. Let it not be slander. Let it not be malice. Let it not be hatred.
When life really squeezes you, I hope Jesus comes out. I hope the fruit of the spirit is displayed. I hope the devil hates that he ever cut you open for the world to see. I hope when people take jabs and gossip about you that you respond in love. I hope that when you are broken up with that you show goodness and self control. I hope you forgive. I hope you respond in love. I hope you turn these test into at testimony to who He is.
The way the world will want to taste the fruit of the spirit is if they see and taste it in your life. Don't let your trials and tribulations go in vain. Let it be a display of the God who lives within you. Let His light shine. Show Him off for the world to see by how you display His love, patience, and self control when others would act out. You are called to be the light of the world. You are set apart and different. You have the Hope of Glory living within you.
The spirit of God is available to anyone who asks in Jesus name. A free gift of salvation to save you from your sins and give you hope for eternity. A spirit that discerns good from bad. A spirit that give you peace no one can take away. A spirit that comforts the broken hearted. His name is The Holy Spirit. The same spirit that raised Jesus from a borrowed grave. He's only a prayer a way. He will change your life if you let Him.
This world needs God's love. This world needs to experience His love and it can best be displayed in the lives of cut open and juicy Spirit-filled Jesus followers.
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