Bearing Fruit

01 June 2017 Written by  MJAA Staff
There are over 230 references to fruit in the Scripture. Some references are about the fruit of
the land - a sign of prosperity. Others are about fruit of the womb - children. In both of the
previous instances in the Tanakh, prosperity and children are linked to the blessing of God.
Several of the Feasts have fruit associated with them. Other references are about spiritual fruit
that is grown in the soil of our hearts.
When fruit is ripe, you know it by the smell, color, feel, and wonderful taste of it, but it doesn’t
become that way overnight. It starts as a seed but needs fertile soil, water, and sunlight. It also
needs time to grow into mature fruit.
Bearing spiritual fruit is similar, requiring watering with the Word, exposure to the Son (prayer
and worship), and fertile soil (fellowship with other believers) to bear spiritual fruit. Spiritual fruit
also takes time to mature.
“But the fruit of the Ruach is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control—against such things there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23 TLV
Spiritual fruit is evidence of love for God and others, evident in our attitudes, how we treat
others, the choices we make, and even the thoughts we think. Consider the first spiritual fruit -
love. It is what Yeshua told us is most important in Matthew 22:37-40 TLV,
And He said to him, “‘You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart, and with
all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire
Torah and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The Greek word in these Scriptures is “agapao”, meaning to be fond of or to love dearly. The
same word, “agapao”, is used for loving God and for loving one’s neighbor. This word is found
110 times in the B’rit Chadashah. It’s used three times in the Book of Revelation - twice to
describe how God loves us, and once to describe believers who love Yeshua more than their
own lives. Clearly this kind of love comes from the very nature and Spirit of God.
It is also interesting to note that in 1 Corinthians 13:13, love is described as the greatest gift.
“But now these three remain—faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”
TLV
The Greek word for love in this passage is “agape”, and means brotherly love, affection, good
will, love, and benevolence. That this love is a gift is important. We need the gift of God’s love
(which He has freely given) to enable unto love in the way we are commanded to love. It is not
based on our human emotions, but rather based the decision to exercise the love God has
given us towards Him and others. Our love for God and others is expressed through our
actions.
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers
and sisters. The one who does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his
brother is a murderer—and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in
him. We have come to know love by this—Yeshua laid down His life for us, and we
also ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. But if someone has
material possessions and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against
him, how does the love of God abide in him? Children, let us not love with word
or talk, but in deed and truth! 1 Jn. 3:14-18 TLV
Let us grow to love God with our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and then actively seek
opportunities to selflessly love our neighbor. Growing in love is like strengthening a muscle - we
must continue to exercise love for the gift to be expanded within us. As we step out in
obedience, God will expand our capacity to love those we would not naturally care for.
Sometimes this means putting ourselves in places and circumstances we would not normally be
comfortable in. We must move outside of our comfort zone, outside of our personal limits, and
into the realm where the miraculous power of God’s love is actively moving all around us. It is in
these places where we push past our own human limitations and minister the love of Yeshua in
the power of Ruach to broken, hurting people.
"Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the
earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the LORD ,
have created it.” Isaiah 45:8 NAS
At MJAA, we have opportunities every day to experience God’s powerful love at work in and
through us in miraculous ways. We invite you to share in God’s wondrous work with us. Join
us on an outreach to Ethiopia or Israel, ministering to the hurting, needy Jewish people who
need to know that God has not forgotten them, and to embrace the love that Yeshua has for
them. Please consider joining us! It can truly be a turning point for spiritual growth. Find out
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