Have you ever experienced a bad fallout where you responded to a situation negatively, and a minute later, you regretted it? Or you reacted as badly as the person who made you angry?
Well, I’ve had the experience. But this time, before I could react, God helped me.
When I was discussing a situation with my HR at my previous job, I discovered that he was lying. I was about to say something to him in my anger, but at that precise moment, God gave me a vision. He showed me a vision of throwing oranges at my HR.
I laughed and asked God what this vision was about. I want you to throw the fruit, He said. Then God led me to this scripture:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
I said, “God, but this man is wicked. He needs an earful.” Then God explained further in Matthew 12:33-37
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
That man spoke out of abundance in his heart. But God didn’t want me to react as that man; instead, he wanted me to bear fruits of love, gentleness, peace, forbearance, and kindness.
In Matthew 23:43, God says, “Therefore I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.“
I also realised that there is an account to be given for every word spoken. If the words in me aren’t good, guess what, the Bible says, the tree isn’t good.
Getting to the Roots
I have seen that if the tree is in good soil, it bears good fruit. I have also seen that if the roots are deep and strong in the soil, they bear good fruit. Also, the less weeds there are, the better the tree. The bad company you keep or the negative thoughts you entertain are the weeds.
Our lives must be deeply rooted in the Bible in order for us to bear good fruit. God’s Word is where we receive correction and guidance on how we must live as children of God in this wicked world. This is what will bring true transformation in our lives.
“Already you are clean because of the Word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” John 15:3-4 ESV
If you struggle with controlling your temper or your emotions, abiding in God’s Word is the way to overcome it. Be intentional every day. God is your source, your foundation, and everything that keeps you alive.
As you read this, He is right now standing close to you. He is watching over you. May you bear fruit 30, 60 and 100 fold.
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