Maintaining Good Fruit Trees
Fruit Rot – Part 3
Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:15-17
Key Verse: Galatians 6:1
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.
If sin is allowed to remain in a believer, it will ruin the fruit of the Spirit. Think about the phrase, “fruit of the Spirit.” It points toward the product or result of God’s Spirit in a person. If you remember, things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control were listed as some of the results of God’s Spirit ruling the life of a believer. However, when we allow sin to take up residence in our lives, it will greatly diminish the work of the Spirit.
Maintaining healthy fruit is an act of our will; we must choose to allow it to grow. Sin must go if we want the results of the Spirit of God to grow strong and healthy in our lives. This is why the Apostle Paul tells the Galatian believers to restore a brother who has allowed sin to take up residence in their lives. This restoration is usually a process, rather than a single act. Believers must intentionally come alongside the struggling believer and gently show compassion and understanding. As the apostle reminds us, we do this with the honest acknowledgement that we too could fall into sin, if we don’t watch ourselves carefully.
Keeping fruit healthy is hard work and must be a continual work on the part of every believer. The evil one is always trying to rot our fruit!
Father, I will do my part to keep your Spirit flowing freely in and through my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.