The first seven paragraphs below were taken in part from three fat chicks on a diet.
Fruit nutrition is a great way to strengthen your immune system, fight disease, and boost your overall body health. In addition to being great tasting, fruit can provide you with different types of nutrition benefits–included providing more water in your diet!
Not only do fruits provide carbohydrates that provide essential energy for metabolism, processing nutrients, and staying active, but there is also some protein in fruit!
Fruits are loaded with most of the essential antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, E and Lycopene) your body cannot produce on its own. Antioxidant nutrients help your body prevent disease, fight illness, and stave off the signs of aging.
Your body needs all 8 essential amino acids for proper daily health and disease prevention. Fruits, like bananas, incorporated into your diet will assure you get more than your RDA!
Nearly all fruits are a great source of fiber that is critical for processing nutrients and eliminating the toxins that come from the food, drink, and the environment in which you live.
As a top source of vitamins and minerals, fruit is a quick way to get even more than the RDA of all of them. While popular fruits like apples and oranges are very nutritious, less known fruits like dragon fruit, which provides an abundant source of vitamin C, can deliver a blast of illness-fighting phytonutrients to the body.
With a limitless ways to prepare them, fruits are an easy way to really boost your nutrition and spark good health!
Reading all that about fruit can you see why God uses fruit to describe good characteristics? The physical fruits we eat can add so much to our good health and even heal disease. Of course the opposite is true as well. If you don’t eat any fruit, and of course vegetables, your health will eventually deteriorate. Your immune system will falter and you will be prone to sickness and disease.
It’s the same with the spirit. If we are not letting God plant the best fruits within us, our spirit will eventually become toxic, wither and possibly even die.
So, let’s look at the above with a spiritual twist.
Spiritual fruit is a great way to strengthen your spiritual immune system, fight spiritual disease, and boost your overall Christian health. In addition to being necessary for Christian growth, spiritual fruit can provide you with different types of spiritual benefits–included providing more of God’s Holy Spirit in your life.
Not only do Spiritual Fruits provide spiritual carbohydrates or “spiritual energy” they provide essential spiritual wisdom, they inspire good works, and they keep you spiritually active; while allowing God’s attributes to freely flow through you.
Spiritual Fruits are loaded with most of the essential spiritual antioxidants (Vitamins “L” for love, Vitamins “J” for joy, Vitamin “P” for peace, Vitamins “F” for forbearance and faithfulness, Vitamin “K” for kindness, Vitamins “G” for goodness and gentleness and Vitamin “S” for self-control.) these are spiritual antioxidants that your physical body and mind cannot produce on its own. These spiritual antioxidant nutrients help prevent spiritual disease, and fight spiritual darkness. These also help develop within you such a strong spiritual immune system that you could live forever.
Your body needs all 8 essential fruits for proper daily spiritual health and disease prevention. Fruits, like the Fruits of the Spirit, incorporated into your daily diet will assure you get a seat at the King’s table.
All these fruits are a great source of spiritual fiber that is critical for processing good works and eliminating the toxins thrown at us from the evil one who stalks the earth looking for who he might devour.
As a top source of spiritual vitamins and minerals, allowing the free flow of Spiritual Fruits through us is a quick way to get even more than the RDA of all of them. While popular fruits like kindness and goodness are very nutritious, less shown fruits like real godly love, which provides an abundant source of nutrients which enhance all the rest of the fruits can deliver a blast of spiritual illness-fighting phytonutrients to the heart.
Now, let’s see what the scriptures say about the good, bad and ugly of men and their fruits.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducee coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.
These men cared nothing about the love of God, everything was ceremony and by the letter to them. This tells me bearing worthy fruits is much more important than understanding everything perfectly. It’s a matter of the heart.
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?
The fruits people produce are a good barometer of what their character is really like. We can fool or be fooled by someone’s speech, but we will be known just as we will know others by the fruits produced in our lives.
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.
This tells me that after so much time, and after being given so many opportunities, if we do not let fruit be produced in our lives, we could very well be cut off and cast away. That would truly be sad.
Matthew 21: 18-19
18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. – Is there a lesson for us here?
Once again, if fruits are not being produced in our lives, we are of no use to God and can very well be cut off. He doesn’t do this lightly, and He gives us more than enough chances. But, as the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, buy you can’t make it drink. God offers His Spirit and His Fruits; we just have to be willing to live a life that allows that Spirit and those Fruits to grow and flourish.
16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
If we live with envy and self-seeking our lives will be filled with confusion and every evil thing. But Gods wisdom in our lives brings purity, peace, gentleness, mercy and good fruits. The fruit of righteousness is sown in peacemakers. Are we peacemakers?
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.
There are two very clear paths marked before us. Will we take the wide, smooth and easy path that looks like lots fun, but leads to destruction; or will we take the more narrow and difficult path that’s more rugged and hilly, but leads to life? The choice is ours. Versus 19-21 below show what you will find in the wide and smooth path.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[a] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[b] 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. – This is spiritual junk food which will poison your heart, your mind, and your spirit; it will wither any fruit that is attempting to grow in your life and leave you empty.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. 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. – This is spiritual health food, and will get you a seat at the Wedding Supper.
One thing that I think needs to be clear with us all is, we cannot develop the fruits of the spirit on our own. We can never learn or train ourselves to be loving enough, or joyful enough, or peaceful enough, or longsuffering enough. We can never learn or train ourselves to be kind enough, good enough, faithful enough, gentle enough, or have the self-control we need.
Now we can probably do any of those things to a degree, from time to time, for particular people, but not to their fullness to all. Those fruits are not something we can grow; they are fruits that need to be planted by God. We are required to help pull the weeds, and to allow ourselves to be watered, but they are fruits of God, and only He can plant them and make them grow in our lives. The thing is we need to stop blocking God and allow Him to plant and water the fruits in us.
Even after God plants the fruit seeds within us, if we do not have an abiding relationship with Him, if we are not giving our lives over to Him; we block His path. If we block His path, He cannot prune our garden nor turn on the water spigot to flow the Holy Spirit through us. If we continue to block him, the small fruit plants that may have begun to grow in us will be cut off from their source of life, and will wither and begin to die.
How do we get out of His way, and allow Him to grow the fruit within us? We stop living for ourselves, we stop being self-serving and self-centered, we stop putting ourselves first, we spend lots of time with Him in earnest communication. We have to want it more than anything else in the world. It has to be our diamond that we find and are willing to sell all we have for it. When we get to that place, not perfectly, but whole-heartily, God can prune and water us, and then we will truly have the Fruits of the Spirit flowing freely through us.
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