But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

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Fruit

Despite a relatively short growing season, Canadian farmers produce a wide range of fruits, including apples, tender fruits (peaches, nectarines, pears, plums, prunes and cherries), grapes, blueberries, cranberries, haskaps, strawberries and raspberries. Southern Ontario and southwest British Columbia, which each enjoy about 180 frost-free days every year, produce much of the fruit grown in the country, while Quebec and the Maritimes also have significant fruit production despite having only about 120 frost-free days per year. Fruits accounted for 19.2% of total farm cash receipts for edible horticulture in Canada in 2022.

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I love this time of year where we live. We are in the heart of the fruit season. The strawberries have been available from the berry farms for the past couple of weeks, local cherries are ripe, plentiful and delicious and apricots and plums are found in every roadside fruit stand. It takes a lot of work by the orchardists, but it is natural for fruit bushes and trees to produce their rich crops. Paul the apostle obviously enjoyed delicious fruit as I do and used this as an example of what is naturally produced by a heart redeemed and transformed by Jesus Christ. In Galatians 5:22-23 we read: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” When the Spirit takes up residence in the life of a Jesus-follower, He will produce rich spiritual fruit. Like the orchardist, we have a part to play. We must lay aside anything that would prevent the fruit from flourishing and prune off the dead branches of our lives. When we do, our spiritual fruit will be bountiful and delicious.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley