Words from the Heart for Friday November 19th, 2021

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

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Fruit

Potatoes, carrots, apples and strawberries are some of the most consumed produce by Canadians in the past 12 months, according to a consumer insight survey conducted by Leger 360. The survey of Canadian consumer habits also revealed that Canadians show a strong preference for buying local and think locally-grown produce is high quality. The most popular fruits were: apples, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, melons, peaches, cherries, and pears. Leger 360 polled 1,587 Canadians about their fruit and vegetable consumption habits through their online panel in early January. 

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It wasn’t all that long ago that about the only fresh fruit you could get this time of year was apples. But with modern means of shipping and the increase in greenhouse agriculture here in Canada, we enjoy all kinds of delicious fruit all year long. When it comes to spiritual fruit, we ought to be everbearing as well. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” It is natural for fruit trees to bear fruit. They don’t have to be taught how to be bear fruit – it just happens. So it is with our lives when the Holy Spirit has taken up residence; the moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour. He begins to produce spiritual fruit. Just as the fruit growers need to prune the trees and ensure their health, so we need to ensure that our relationship with Jesus stays strong and vibrant through reading the Bible and prayer. As we do, the Holy Spirit will naturally produce spiritual fruit in us. Do your part and watch the fruit grow.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley