Bear Good Fruit

Do you think of yourself as being a good person? Would you like to be a better person? How do you define a good person? What if you could receive guidance and help in becoming a better person? Would you accept it?

Most of us want to be better than we are. We want others to view us as being a good person. We like the idea of people pointing at us and stating we are good and do good things for other people, even if we don’t enjoy public attention.

Some of us wrestle with bad attitudes or behavior. For some, it is due to having bad experiences in family life, school, or at work. We have allowed our surroundings to negatively influence us. How can we combat the negative influences?

God has provided us with the perfect Helper—the Holy Spirit. As we listen to the Holy Spirit and follow His guidance, we become the better person we want to be, and the person God wants us to be.

The Holy Spirit is God within us. That may be a bit hard to imagine. How can God be in us? He indwells us with His Spirit as promised by Jesus (John 14:16, 26). He is sent to help us, teach us, and remind us of Jesus’ teaching and who He is. He guides us on the path God wants us to follow and that God loves us, which is why He has saved us.

As the Holy Spirit helps us, He produces fruit through us. We reap many rewards by listening to and following His guidance. We become a person others want to be around. Others will begin to ask us questions about how we can stay positive. This gives us an opportunity to tell them about Jesus and how He has worked in our lives, which may result in others coming into the kingdom of God.

I pray we all desire to be better people. I pray we listen to and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I pray each one of us allow the Holy Spirit to produce fruit through us. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Follow His guidance. Be a better person. Be someone others long to be like. Tell others how Jesus has worked in your life. Encourage others to come into the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:22-23 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.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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