Thursday, July 31, 2014

Just Be Fruity!

"I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me." - Jesus, John 5:30

The problem with judging anyone is that we seek our own will and not the will of the Father.  Think about that. 
We want to judge those that we think are in the wrong because we want to see them "fixed".  Yet, when Paul talked about the thorn in his side, which was something he wanted changed, that's when he found the grace of God, and was able to find that to be sufficient.  Trust me, if God Almighty wanted someone “fixed” I do believe He alone has all the power needed to do that.  If you want proof, talk to anyone who has received His grace.  We’ve all been “fixed” to some degree. 

But if God “fixed” them all, then where would we be?  What is best for us is often learning how to live with those that we find difficult, our own “thorn in the side”. 
God grants us the Spiritual gifts as we grow in Him (Galatians 5:16-26).  We grow more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.  But a tree doesn’t eat its own fruit!  The fruits aren’t for our enjoyment, but for those we encounter in life that need us to be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, gentle, faithful, and in control of ourselves and our attitudes. 

If we walk in the Spirit, we don’t have to seek our will and pronounce it on everyone in judgment.  We can offer up our fruits and show them the Christ in us.  Transformation NEVER will happen due to our passed judgment.  It will happen as God draws them to Himself, and they are changed through His salvation and sanctification. 
So be fruity! Offer up your Spiritual fruits to those that need to know Christ, and resist the urge to judge.  “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalms 34:8)       

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