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Different roots produce different fruits.  Apple trees produce apples.  Orange trees produce oranges.


Roots in Jesus reflect His character.  When your life is rooted in Jesus, the fruit you bear is His (Galatians 5:22-23).  It happens out of the overflow of Him in you.


Kindness is the fourth fruit of the Spirit.  It’s more concerned for another person than oneself.  It practices daily empathy - trying to understand the feelings and life situations of others.  Kindness and empathy together cultivate selflessness.  We live for the benefit of others.


Kindness wants to serve more than to be served.  Jesus was the greatest servant of all.  “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).  His death on the cross was the greatest act of kindness in human history.


Jesus taught His disciples that they too must become servants.  He overturned the value structure of the world when he explained to them: “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all” (Mark 10:44).


Before Jesus died for us, He left us with an example of His kindness: “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15).  Kindness washes the feet of others.   


Put your life’s roots deeply in Jesus.  Empathize.  Be kind!


The proof of this fruit will be the ways that you go and give your life away to others.

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Different roots produce different fruits.  Apples trees produce apples.  Orange trees produce oranges. Roots in Jesus reflect His character.  When your life is rooted in Jesus, the fruit you bear is His (Galatians 5:22-23).  It must happen. Patience is the fourth fruit of the Spirit.  Patience has learned to wait expectantly on the Lord.  It concedes to God’s timing over its own timeline.  It believes God in His sovereignty will bless those who wait on Him (Isaiah 30:18). Patience trusts that God’s timing is perfect, that He alone can be trusted in all situations and seasons: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 5:1).  It steadfastly believes He will make everything beautiful in its time (3:11). When we wait on the Lord, God is perfecting His work in us.  He is strengthening our spiritual muscles.  Similar to resistance training, “wait training” builds resistance to the enemy.  It protects our faith by developing in us the strength we need to persevere. Patience and perseverance go together.  The Lord sustains those who persevere.  His Word says so: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).  This truth must never be forgotten. Put your life’s roots deeply in Jesus.  Persevere.  Be patient!  Trust.  His timing is perfect. And strength will rise for those who learn to wait upon the Lord (Isaiah 40:31).

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Different types of trees produce different types of fruit.  Jesus “trees” produce Jesus’s character.  When your life is rooted in Jesus, the fruit you bear is that of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).


Peace is the third fruit of the Spirit.  Jesus was called the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), so if your life is rooted in Jesus, His peace lives in you.  Peace becomes your dwelling place.


Peace says “even if” to the difficult circumstances we sometimes face.  Even if  I’m in quarantine, I have peace.  Even if  I lose my job, I have peace.  Even if  I am waiting, I have peace.  This “even if” kind of peace surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).


Jesus spoke of His peace to His disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).  


The world thinks that peace is the absence of conflict.  We strive for “peace accords."  But for the follower of Jesus, peace means His presence.  He is with us no matter what we may face.  He is fighting our battles.  We allow Him to do so.  He conquers our enemies and brings peace.


Peace then is a grace gift.  It has no ties to the world, it exists solely in followers of Jesus.  It must exist in those whose lives are rooted in Jesus.  This root produces His fruit.


The first words Jesus gave His disciples in His first resurrection appearances were: “Peace be with you.”   He wants us to walk in His peace.  And when our hearts become His, we do.


Let your life be rooted completely in Jesus.  When so, you will bear His fruit.


And have Jesus’s perfect peace.