May 6, 2010

Choose Your Fruit: Grapes or Lemons!

Posted in Christianity, Faith tagged at 8:47 pm by Lisa Ritchey


There is an old saying, “You never know what kind of fruit you bear until you get squeezed.” 

You live like the fruit that you bear.  What is in your heart “bears fruit” or comes out in your attitudes, emotions, words and actions.  Are you happy and joyful or grouchy and ornery?   Do you look, sound, and act as if you are eating sweet grapes, or sucking on a lemon? (Matthew 15:18) 

Our actions are our choice.  We have control over how we act and sound.  So, you are a believer.  You feel bad and are grouchy, but you can’t help it.   Hmm.

Galatians 5:13 says that the flesh and the Spirit war against and try to conquer each other.  We know that God want us to walk in (bear or exhibit) the fruit of the (Holy) Spirit (Gal. 5:22 – love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control: refered to here as grapes).   We can, however, choose instead to walk in the fruit of the flesh (adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: refered to here as lemons). 

Let’s say that you feel bad and you are being so “crotchety” and cantankerous that no one can stand to be around you .  Suddenly the preacher shows up at your door.  Would you continue with the ornery behavior, or would you suddenly start being nice?  Chances are extremely great that you will be nice to him.  So, why weren’t you nice to your family?  Because you chose not to be.  And watch the effects your crotchety, grouchy behavior has on the people around you.  When even your family literally can not stand to be around you, there is a problem, and it ain’t theirs, brother!  Every one of your words, attitudes, and actions is a choice that you make

If you are a believer, you represent Jesus 24/7/365, to your family as well as others, even when you are sick or feel bad, when things go wrong, when you are done wrong, and when tragedy hits. When people look at you, no matter what, what do they see? Do they see love and joy that will draw them to Jesus, or do they see absolutely nothing any different from anyone else in the world?  Do you talk the talk, but not walk the walk?  Are you willing to pay the price so that “ye shall be witnesses unto me”?  (Acts 1:8)  We are to accurately represent Jesus but, ultimately, the choice is ours; and we make that choice daily.

So, what kind of juice will you ooze today: grape or lemon?   The choice is yours.

©Copyright 2010 Lisa Ritchey and Bare Bones Gospel

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