Jesus made a distinction about the fruit that you bear when you are in Him. Let’s take a look at what He says. First…
“…every branch that bears fruit He prunes…” – John 15: 2b
When you are in Him you will produce some fruit. This qualifies you to be pruned – to have everything and anything taken away that distracts you from focusing on the Lord.
“…every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” – John 15: 2b, c
Pruning makes you produce more fruit. And finally…
“He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” – John 15: 5b
It is only when you are abiding in Jesus, embedded in Him and being constantly impregnated with the sap of His Word, that you can bear His fruit in the highest quantity and quality.
What fruit is Jesus talking about? They are all attributes of God shown through your attitudes and actions. Remember that they are the fruit of the Vine, not the fruit of the branches! You, the branch, are the conduit through which the fruit is revealed.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5: 22, 23
This is the kind of love that Jesus expresses to you and me. It is neither casual, sensual nor conditional, but is shown regardless of the response or lack thereof.“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
True joy lies in contentment with whatever state you are in. It is the ability to rejoice in all situations.“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2
Your peace is revealed through the tranquil state of your soul. It is a condition of security in Christ, safety and harmony.“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you…” – John 14:27
When you exhibit patience, endurance, steadfastness, the ability to go the extra mile all while remaining constant you are revealing this attribute.“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9
Your gentleness is shown through your integrity (soundness of character and honesty) and your kindness“Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ…” – 2 Corinthians 10:1
This is being good-natured; pleasant“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” – Romans 2:4
Faith is trust in God. It is the unwavering confidence of knowing that He Himself is faithful.“Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back (from living by faith!), My soul has no pleasure in him.” – Hebrews 10:38
Meekness is mildness; humility. It is not weakness, but rather it is power under restraint.“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth...” – Isaiah 53:7
This is the attribute of self-control; the ability to master the desires of your senses.“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.” – 2 Peter 1: 5-7
Just as the fruit of any tree identify what type of tree it is, the fruit that you express through your attitudes and actions reveal the level of your intimate union with Jesus Christ. It is possible to express a few of the fruit in a substantial measure while not expressing much of the others. For example, you may be one in whom men can see longsuffering (patience) and great self-control, but love, joy and peace may be sadly lacking. Or you can express each of the nine attributes, but only to a small degree.
Little intimacy = little fruit;
more intimacy = more fruit;
much intimacy = much fruit!
The fruit of your union with Jesus Christ
will ultimately allow people to
taste and see that the Lord is good!