Series: Really Important Stuff
Author: Randy Tomko
How would our world be transformed if we cultivated the fruit of the Spirit, rather than seeking to glorify power in its many expressions?
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…
As we navigate this year full of political and societal tension, let us keep our minds on these things. The world could surely use more sincere and humble people filled with these fruits.
15 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
John 15:1-8 (NLT)